Winter in New Jersey means several months worth of wet, icy, and snowy conditions. While no amount of caution can prevent all New Jersey slip-and-fall accidents, there are steps you can take to reduce your chances of suffering an injury this winter. Remember to always exercise caution whether you are driving or walking on a driveway or parking lot.
The first thing you can do to help prevent a winter slip-and-fall injury is to select appropriate footwear. In general, the best types of shoes for slick conditions include footwear with rubber or neoprene composite soles that can grip the walkway. Shoes with worn soles and high heels are particularly dangerous to wear on ice.
When walking in the winter weather, it may be in your best interest to choose your route carefully. Paths that are less traveled tend to have the most ice. Therefore, staying on the main roadways or thoroughfares that constantly get cleared may be your best way to avoid accidents or injuries. If you do have to walk over a slippery area, shorten your stride or shuffle your feet to increase your stability.
Once you make it inside a building, it is important to remember that you are still in danger of slipping. Be sure to use the floor mats provided and to knock any snow off your feet. If you are injured in a slip-and-fall accident because of someone else’s negligence, then it is important that you understand your rights. For example, if a property owner or property manager fails to clear a walkway within a reasonable time causing a slip-and-fall accident, he or she can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused.
An experienced NJ slip-and-fall accident attorney at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to get injured victims the compensation they need for their medical bills, lost wages, and other related damages. If you have been hurt in a New Jersey slip-and-fall accident, please call our offices today at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation.