Ho, ho, ho and a merry slipmas to you! Slips and falls can be a hazard any time of the year. Extra diligence is required during the month of December in Albuquerque, with declining temperatures that can dip near the freezing mark during the overnights and early mornings. Wet surfaces that already were slippery become even more dangerous in colder temperatures. Streets, sidewalks, and exterior stairways can become covered in ice or snow, making even the shortest trip a potential disaster for pedestrians.
Cold, ice, and snow are the trifecta of wintry slip-and-falls. Unintentional falling is the leading cause of nonfatal injury in the U.S. among all age groups except those aged 10-24, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.
The cold weather does not just make surfaces more slippery than usual. It encourages people to move more quickly to get in out of the cold weather. Walking briskly (or even breaking into a light jog) is not the best approach to winter weather in Albuquerque. Moving faster might get you nothing but flat on your back on a sidewalk or the bottom of the stairs during the winter months.
Lastly, people do not always dress appropriately for the slicker surfaces. Wearing dress shoes for the office can be a big mistake on snowy or colder days when wet surfaces might freeze.
Slips and falls are dangerous no matter the time of year they occur. Injuries can range between mild and severe, with some requiring an immediate trip to the nearest emergency room for treatment. Here are some of the most common types of injuries that can happen from wintertime slips and falls.
Fatal slip and falls can happen under the right circumstances. Slipping on an icy sidewalk and falling into moving traffic or hitting your head can increase your chances of dying from a wintertime slip or fall.
Property owners are liable for any injuries that occur on their premises. This includes slips and falls on icy or snowy sidewalks, stairs, and other surfaces. One of the most important steps property owners can take is to have a snow and ice removal plan in place for sidewalks, stairways, parking areas, and around any other public exterior spaces.
Other steps property owners can take:
The onus to stay slip-and-fall free during the winter months is not only on property owners. You have a duty to ensure you are doing everything you can to protect yourself while out and about. Here are some things you can do to stay steady on your feet out there.
New Mexico leads the nation in deaths and unintentional injuries suffered during slip and fall accidents. The Law Offices of Cameron & Russell help victims pursue fair compensation for slip-and-fall injuries that happen during the winter months or any time of the year. Schedule a free consultation with our skilled team of personal injury lawyers by calling 505-218-7844 or contacting us online.
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