Causes of outdoor slip and fall accidents

A slip and fall accident can be very serious, often leading to injuries such as broken bones and abrasions. This type of accident can occur at any time in New York City, both indoors and outdoors. Outdoor accidents are commonly caused by one or more of the following conditions:

Inadequate outdoor lighting. A slip and fall accident can result from poor lighting in a parking lot or other areas around a building. Without the necessary light, a person may not be able to see a curb, crack or uneven surface.

Snow or ice accumulation. If an unusual amount of snow or ice accumulates outside a building and the owner does not take care of it in an appropriate and timely manner, he or she could be liable for any accidents that occur from the accumulated precipitation.

Parking lots. The owner of a parking lost must maintain the area to ensure its safety. This includes patching holes and cracks that could act as a trip hazard.

Sidewalks. Just the same as parking lots, dangerous conditions on a sidewalk can result in a slip and fall accident.

As a pedestrian, it can be a challenge to pay attention to every step you take, especially when you expect an area, such as a parking lot or sidewalk, to be kept in good condition. For this reason, an accident can happen when you least expect it.

The cause of an outdoor slip and fall accident often determines whether or not a person or entity is negligent and responsible for your injuries. You may wish to speak with an attorney who is qualified to discuss the finer details of your accident.

Source: FindLaw, “Conditions Leading to Outdoor Slip and Fall Accidents” Oct. 02, 2014