Common Slip-and-Fall Risks During New York Winters

Lever & Ecker, PLLC November 3, 2021 Slip Trip & Fall

As we move into the winter months, the likelihood of slip-and-fall accidents increases by the day. Many New York residents and visitors walk or take public transportation to and from their destinations. The winter months pose various risks for those walking the streets due to the presence of ice and snow. Taking precautions to avoid slipping and falling on ice and snow is vital to those traveling within New York.

However, some slip-and-fall accidents nevertheless occur, though the negligence of another individual or entity, such as a business owner, landowner or municipality. A slip-and-fall accident is a serious, often harmful accident that can cause you to suffer life-changing injuries. If you sustain injuries in a slip-and-fall accident, contact Lever & Ecker, PLLC, to learn how you might recover for the injuries and other damages caused by your accident.

5 Risks to Watch Out for during New York Winters

New York is known for its harsh winter weather. From frozen streets to massive snowstorms, many individuals find their commute to work or the store a dangerous endeavor. Residents and visitors alike are searching for ways to avoid severe injuries this winter.

Staying aware of the various risks in New York can help you prevent an injury this winter. The following are a few examples of the risks you can encounter during New York winters:

Iced Over Walkways and Stairs

When temperatures drop, walkways and stairs can become slippery with ice. Sidewalks and roads that are not properly maintained can cause you to suffer severe injuries like traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and displaced joints, just to name a few examples. Keep an eye out for areas that might contain icy walkways to help limit the risk of a fall and injuries.

Wet Hallways

Walking around in the ice and snow means that many people track water into buildings or warmer areas. The melted ice and snow cause slippery surfaces, and if there is no sign or warning of these dangers, you may find yourself in a slip-and-fall accident. Businesses have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for their visitors, and should be aware of these winter risks.

Tripping Hazards

Chunks of ice and snow in pathways or sidewalks can cause people to trip and fall. If someone pushes ice and snow into a walkway, their careless decision can cause you to suffer injury. The sidewalks in New York are filled with people, and those pushing objects into the way can become responsible for damages.

Crowded Spaces

When areas are crowded, it is harder to see slippery surfaces and ice. You may also accidentally step into the road’s gutter and slip on ice. Businesses and organizations are responsible for maintenance and winter care in areas with large crowds. From plowing and shoveling snow to sanding and salting the roads, municipalities and businesses have an obligation to provide a safe environment and limit the risk of injuries pedestrians and others.

Hands in Pockets

People often walk faster during the winter months and keep their hands in their pockets to escape the cold. If you are accidentally pushed into a crowd and slip on an icy surface, you may be unable to catch yourself or ease your fall.

While it is impossible to control your surroundings, you may be able to reduce the likelihood of a slip-and-fall accident by preparing for the risks above. Buying shoes fit for ice and snow, keeping an eye out for slippery surfaces, and wearing warm clothes, including gloves, can all help you try to stay safe this winter.

Find Dependable Legal Assistance at Lever & Ecker, PLLC

Slip-and-fall accidents can cause severe, life-threatening injuries that require immediate medical care. In addition to injuries, which may require surgery, hospital fees and medical treatment costs can result in you having to incur significant out-of-pocket expenses. Lever & Ecker’s lawyers understand the importance of recovering for those damages and will do everything in their power to pursue your rights and interests.

With over 60 years of combined experience, we have the resources and connections to build a strong case for your claim. Our primary goal is to provide you with personalized legal representation uniquely tailored to your needs. Every individual’s matter is different, and we dedicate our practice to making sure you feel confident with your case in the hands of a slip-and-fall attorney.

To learn more about how our team can assist in your claim, call (914) 350-6328 or (718) 550-6924 and fill out our contact form for a free consultation today.