Although Washington, D.C. experiences less snow than many other cities and states along the eastern seaboard, it certainly is no stranger to the occasional icy road from sleet or snow or slippery sidewalk from rain. During the winter months when it gets particularly chilly, sometimes ice forms on common walkways or on the road, which creates slippery conditions. Pedestrians and commuters who walk to work must remain vigilant to prevent any accidental slips, falls, or trips in wet or icy weather.
Slipping and falling most commonly takes place when the weather is icy or rainy, when visibility and weather conditions are poor, and when the pedestrian is hurrying or fails to pay attention to their surroundings. If a pedestrian is on their cell phone, in a rush, and wearing poor footwear while attempting to walk on the ice at night, for example, combining any of these factors could also significantly increase the risk of injury.
Slips and falls are more common than you may assume. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slips and falls account for over a million visits to the emergency room and falls account for more than eight million hospital emergency room visits every year. Falls continue to be the leading cause of emergency room visits.