Avoid Injuries this Fall: An Overview of Accidents Types that are More Prevalent in the Fall and Winter
Injuries can happen anywhere. This is especially true of injuries sustained in trip and fall accidents. Although it is important to be vigilant of slip and fall hazards throughout the year, it is also important to be aware of the increased hazards that come with each season. For example, many New Jerseyans spend their summers on boats and beaches, where the risk of slipping on a wet ramp or dock is present. There are certain slip and fall risks that accompany the fall and winter as well, many of which are weather-related.
If you or a loved one are injured in an accident, it is important that you become familiar with the personal injury claim process so you know how to proceed with your claim. After receiving appropriate medical care for your injury, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss seeking monetary compensation for your needs.
Avoid a Weather-related Collision
There are steps you can take as a driver to minimize your chance of being injured in a weather-related car accident this winter. These steps include:
- If you enter a skid, turn into it, rather than in the opposite direction;
- Do not mix radial and regular tires;
- Allow for a greater following distance on wet or snowy roadways; and
- When the road is icy, do not stop on a hill.
Prepare yourself for a stranding by keeping a warm blanket, jumper cables, a flashlight, and a means of notification, such as flares, in your vehicle. It is important that you have alternate means of notification in your car because you can not always rely on your cell phone – you could find yourself stuck in an area where service is spotty or with a drained phone battery.
Be Wary of Slip and Fall Accidents
In the fall and winter, slips and falls can happen more frequently due to the following:
- Decreased visibility because of longer nighttime hours;
- Wet leaves piled up on stairs and walkways;
- Snow cover obscuring broken or uneven walkways or steps; and
- Black ice on paved surfaces.
If you are injured because of a hazard that a property owner should have known to remove, you could have grounds for a premises liability claim. Property owners are required to maintain a general level of safety on their properties by removing hazards, such as shoveling walkways and fixing broken sidewalks.
New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help
If you have been injured in any type of accident this fall or during another time of year, you need to work with an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney to ensure your case receives the representation it needs to be successful. To set up your case evaluation with our team at The Law Office of Eric B. Hannum Esq., LLC., contact us on the web or at 732-370-9596 today. We proudly serve clients throughout Mercer, Monmouth, Middlesex, Burlington, and Ocean counties.