A slip-and-fall accident occurs when a pedestrian suddenly loses traction with the ground, loses balance, and plummets to the ground. No season is riper for causing slip-and-fall accidents than winter, with New Jersey experiencing the perfect cold conditions for such dangers.
Winter slip-and-fall accidents in New Jersey can happen on the job, at a place of business, and anywhere else that may have surfaces that become icy or slippery. Because the damage inflicted by such accidents can be so severe, such as broken bones, brain trauma, and sprains, it is important for property owners of all kinds to lessen these dangers to the best of their abilities.
Slip-and-fall accidents caused by winter weather can occur both inside and outside, so take measures to prevent accidents in both areas.
Outside, shovel snow and clear paths when it is safe to do so and make sure to salt the walkways to get rid of ice buildup. Icy pathways, such as sidewalks, driveways, and steps, can lead to the most serious slip-and-fall accidents. Should there be areas that you could not make safe or are more likely to cause slip-and-fall accidents, make sure to mark them with warning signs.
Inside, place non-slip floor mats at entrances to prevent rain, snow, and ice from being tracked indoors. Victims may not be aware of the possible dangers of a slippery floor indoors since they have escaped the outside cold, making them more susceptible to an unexpected fall. As such, use caution signs indoors as well to keep visitors aware of potential dangers.
Protecting the Rights of Victims
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a property owner’s negligent or reckless actions, the Mercer County slip-and-fall accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein can provide you with experienced legal representation. With effective strategies and a strong case, we can aid you in seeking the compensation you need and deserve in order to recover. To learn more, contact us today at (609) 240-0040.