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Winter Slip and Fall Hazards for New Yorkers

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Top Four Slip and Fall Hazards During Winter

Slip and fall accidents are a common occurrence in the winter as New Yorkers hurry to get from one place to another on icy sidewalks and marble floors. Unfortunately, this may result in significant injuries and a mountain of medical costs. Whether you’re a resident or traveling to the city for the holiday season, look out for these four potential hazards.

Snow and Ice

One of the most common hazards associated with winter weather is ice or snow. These can form on sidewalks, driveways, and streets, making them extremely slippery and dangerous. To avoid slip and fall accidents on icy surfaces, it is important to wear shoes with good traction and to take your time when walking. If you must walk on an icy surface, walk slowly and carefully.

Marble Floors

Another hazard associated with winter weather is marble floors. Marble floors can become very slippery when wet, making them a danger for slip and fall accidents. To avoid these accidents, it is important to wipe your feet before entering a building with marble floors. If it’s your office building, having a change of shoes may also be an effective way to ensure you make it to your desk safely.

Potholes

Potholes are another hazard that can be found in the winter. Potholes form when water seeps into cracks in the pavement and freezes, expanding the cracks and causing them to break apart. Potholes can be dangerous for pedestrians, as they can cause trip and fall accidents. To avoid these accidents, it is important to pay attention to where you are walking and to avoid large puddles of water, as they may be hiding a pothole.

Water in Heavily Trafficked Areas

Another hazard associated with winter weather is water in heavily trafficked areas. When snow or ice melts, it can form puddles of water that can be dangerous for pedestrians. To avoid these accidents, it is important to pay attention to where you are walking and to avoid puddles of water.

Slip and Fall? Call Our Queen Attorneys

The winter season can quickly become a catalyst for injuries if you’re not careful. Should a business owner or property manager be negligent in maintaining their premises and you’re injured as a result, call (888) 211-1116 to learn how Davidoff Law & Associates can help.

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