With snow and slippery ice on our roadways, sidewalks, and walkways, winter is the season when most people suffer injuries as a result of slip-and-fall accidents. Property owners have a responsibility to ensure that their premises are safe for visitors, tenants, and guests.
However, there are also many steps we can take to minimize the probability of such accidents. Here are a few tips:
- Use hand railings when you walk on steps and plant your feet firmly on each step.
- Take short steps and walk at a slower pace when walking on an icy or snow-covered walkway.
- Streets and sidewalks that have been cleared of snow and ice should still be approached with caution. Look out for “black ice.” Dew or fog could freeze on cold surfaces and form a thin, nearly invisible layer of ice that can be very dangerous.
- When you are carrying heavy items, your sense of balance is often challenged. When you leave your hands and arms free, you can balance yourself better.
- When entering a building, remove as much snow from your boots as possible.
- Be careful when you get in and out of vehicles. Support yourself by holding on to the vehicle’s door.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip-and-fall accident as the result of a negligent property owner or manager, an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Slip-and-fall accidents can result in severe injuries that, in turn, can result in hefty hospital bills and rehabilitation costs. It is critical that you do what is necessary to ensure that your legal rights are protected in such cases.