Alternative Routes Used to Avoid Winter Slip and Fall Incidents
The next time we experience winter weather in New Jersey, think about where you will be walking during the day. Can you take an elevator or an escalator instead of taking a slicker path? At any point, do you have the option of using a tunnel instead of trudging through the snow and ice? If so, you may be able to minimize your risk of slip and fall injuries.
When walking in winter weather conditions, such as ice and snow, you’re at a serious disadvantage. Ice, specifically, doesn’t provide the same kind of traction that concrete or pavement does. Piles of snow can make you change your typical route, causing you to walk where you typically don’t.
To stay safe during these dangerous and slippery conditions, you should prioritize your own safety – even if it means taking a few extra minutes to take a different walking route.
What Slip and Fall Incidents You Might Avoid
Falling down an icy set of stairs can be quite dangerous. If you have another option, we advise that you take it. But if you do decide to walk down the icy or snow-covered stairs, make sure to hold on to the handrail. Holding on to the handrail can mean the difference between a close call and a devastating injury. Also, remember that indoor stairs can become slippery when people track snow and ice indoors.
Exposed surfaces, like parking lots and sidewalks, can become a breeding ground for icy conditions. If at all possible, your best bet to avoid a serious slip and fall accident might be choosing a tunnel or covered walkway over a sidewalk susceptible to Mother Nature. A covered walkway may not be good at keeping out the cold, but it can go a long way to prevent ice from forming and snow from covering the ground. Ultimately, it can make your traveling experience much safer.
Injured? What You Should Know
Slip and fall accident cases caused by snow and ice can be extremely complex. You need to prove that not only the responsible party is at fault, but that the snow and ice were the reason behind your injury. Without specific evidence, there is no reason to believe you have a valid lawsuit.
Four elements need to be established to prove responsibility in a slip and fall case:
- Duty on the part of the defendant: The property owner who oversees the area where you received an injury has a legal duty to make sure the premises are safe.
- Notice: The property owner should have known the dangerous conditions could have harmed someone.
- Dangerous condition(s): The injured party needs to prove the conditions were actually dangerous and caused the injury.
- Damages: What type of injuries occurred.
Proving fault for a winter slip and fall injury, or any type of slip and fall injury, can be an uphill battle. This is the reason why it’s essential to hire a slip and fall attorney immediately following your accident. Without an experienced lawyer in your corner, the court may dismiss your claim.
Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone
The only way towards a successful slip and fall claim in New Jersey is by choosing Attorney Anthony Carbone to represent you. Our Jersey City slip and fall attorney has been successfully fighting for the rights of those injured by winter slip and fall incidents for thirty years.
Please contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today to schedule your free consultation.