Winter Slip and Fall Accidents
Winter is a special time of year as many in our area look forward to the colder months to reconnect with family and friends. However, with all of winter’s pleasantries comes other less desirable factors, including inclement weather.
An increased risk of car accidents and delayed travel are not the only consequences of winter weather. In fact, 2016 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data reports that there were 20,520 workplace slip and fall injuries from wintertime conditions like ice, sleet, and snow. This does not account for non-work-related slip and fall personal injury accidents, incidents and claims.
Avoiding Wintertime Slip and Falls
Whether it is a short, snowy trip to the mailbox, an icy path to a friend’s front door, or slick conditions on a shopping trip, slip and fall accidents unquestionably increase in winter. In fact, 20 percent of all slip and falls occur in parking lots, so it is important to stay vigilant when walking back to a parked vehicle after work, shopping, or running errands.
In addition to staying alert, planning ahead can go a long way toward avoiding a slip and fall accident:
- Wear shoes with good traction
- Take slow, small, precise steps
- Avoid texting, phone calls, and other distractions while walking
- Exit vehicles by stepping directly down, not off to the front or sides
- Walk in clearly lit, well-marked areas
- Look for wet surfaces near entryways from patrons or coworkers tracking in slush
- Slow down
Although the above tips may seem like common sense, it is important to remember that black ice can be very hard to detect. To stay safe from injury this winter, be sure to stay extra vigilant during colder days, especially after rain.
Keep Others Safe
Many often wonder who is responsible when a person falls on private property; and unfortunately, the answer is not always clear. Whoever is responsible for the maintenance of that property, whether private or commercial, may be held legally responsible for a victim’s injuries if they failed in their responsibility to keep that property safe.
Those who have been injured in a slip and fall accident in New Jersey should talk to a South Jersey slip and fall lawyer for advice and legal counsel. Slip and fall lawyers understand what constitutes negligence and how to prove that in court.
Property owners have a duty to keep their premises reasonably safe, including taking the following steps:
- Keep entrances, sidewalks, and walkways shoveled
- Report icy conditions to appropriate persons
- Spread salt or deicer on ice
- Plow parking lots
- Remove excess water immediately from entryways
- Mark hazardous areas with cones, signs or barricades
Haddonfield and Cherry Hill Slip and Fall Lawyers at Williams Cedar Advocate for Those Injured Due to Property Owner Negligence
If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall on private or commercial property, our personal injury lawyers can answers all questions and help hold accountable those responsible for your injuries. An experienced Haddonfield and Cherry Hill slip and fall lawyer at Williams Cedar can evaluate the circumstances surrounding your accident to determine what types of compensation you may be entitled to. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at our Haddonfield, New Jersey office at 856-470-9777 or our Philadelphia office at 215-557-0099. We represent clients throughout South Jersey, Pennsylvania, and nationwide.