Could a rock salt shortage make winter more dangerous?

Illinois roads and sidewalks are so full of salt during the winter it’s hard to imagine what we’d do without it. From the store owner sprinkling salt outside their small business to the city dumping salt on the roads, rock salt is important for winter safety.

So what happens if there isn’t enough salt to go around?

Could we really run out of salt?

While concerns exist about a salt shortage, it looks like this shortage is more likely to affect professional landscaping and snow removal services than the average consumer. Luckily, state and city governments generally get first access to salt, which means they should still be able to keep roads clear.

There are concerns about availability and pricing for private landscaping and snow removal, however, and it’s not impossible to imagine corners being cut to save money and resources. This could lead to more dangerous roads and walkways, especially on properties where private companies are used for snow removal.

Slip and falls could be a concern

One of the biggest issues with a salt shortage could be slip and fall accidents. If walkways aren’t properly cleared and salted, you are more susceptible to suffering an accident.

If business or homeowners are unable or unwilling to spend the money to clear premises of snow or ice and you suffer an injury as a result, you may be able to seek damages. Some of these injuries can be devastating, and it is important to take the situation seriously.

Slip and fall cases can be difficult to prove so it is important to document the conditions that caused your injuries as well as the injury itself.

As winter approaches, be vigilant and pay attention to your surroundings, but know there is recourse if you suffer injuries because someone else did not properly remove snow and ice.

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