A slip and fall accident can occur any time of year but in the wintertime, when snow and ice make walking more hazardous, a slip and fall accident is more likely. As you navigate your neighborhood, parking lots, and local streets this winter, here are some tips for staying safe and avoiding a wintertime slip and fall. If you are injured, don’t hesitate to call personal injury attorney Deborah Gold-Alexander for your free consultation.
Wear the Right Shoes
You may be tempted to wear shoes that are more stylish than practical, but if it’s snowy, icy, or wet outside, choose shoes that are safe! Shoes that offer good tread and a flat walking surface are recommended in less-than-optimal walking conditions.
Remove Snow and Ice on Your Own Property
One way to stay safe and reduce your risk of a slip and fall—and help to keep others safe, too—is to make sure that you remove snow and ice on your own property. Note that removing snow and ice on your property is also your responsibility; if you fail to do so and someone is injured, you could be held liable for their damages.
If you are walking in snowy, icy, wet, or otherwise dangerous conditions, always use handrails when going up or down stairs and ramps if they are available. This means making sure that at least one of your hands is free.
Free Your Hands
Freeing your hands allows you to use handrails, but it may also help you to balance in the event that conditions are slippery. Place personal items that you need to carry, such as your laptop, in a bag that allows you to navigate hands-free.
It goes without saying, but when conditions are less than ideal, walking rather than running is the safest thing that you can do. If you are going for a run for exercise, be sure to wear the right footwear and consider using crampons if it’s icy out. (While not related to slip-and-fall prevention, also be sure to wear bright colors or use lights/reflective materials so that drivers can see you if you’re jogging when visibility or lighting is poor.)
What to Do if You’re Involved in a Wintertime Slip and Fall
If you’re involved in a wintertime slip and fall accident, you may have a claim for damages against the property owner where your accident occurred. If you can prove that your slip and fall would not have occurred but for a hazardous condition on the property (i.e. snow or ice) that the property owner knew of or should have known of yet failed to remedy, you can hold the property owner liable for your losses. However, if you contributed to the accident in any way—for example, if you were wearing improper footwear for conditions, were running instead of walking, were walking while distracted, etc.—you could be found partially liable and have your damages award reduced in proportion to your degree of fault.
After a slip and fall, it’s important to seek medical care, provide the property owner with notice of your accident, and call a slip and fall attorney as soon as possible.
Get Help Today
To get the legal help that you need after a slip and fall, call the office of Deborah Gold-Alexander, Attorney at Law today. Attorney Deborah Gold-Alexander has over 30 years’ experience as a personal injury attorney. Get your free consultation today by calling our law office or sending a message online.