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As we get deeper into autumn, new risks that can lead to dangerous slip and fall accidents are all around us. The fall season is often accompanied by a large number of outdoor slip and fall accidents caused by changing weather conditions, poor lighting, and the use of seasonal décor.
To avoid slip and fall injuries as the autumn months roll around, be aware of the following types of accidents that can take place during this time of year:
Many slip and fall accidents during the autumn months result from surfaces covered with leaf debris as the trees begin to shed their leaves. Piles of leaves can cover holes and other hazards on sidewalks. Individuals who walk over dents or cracked sidewalks hidden by leaves can lose their footing.
When fall weather brings more frequent rain storms, high winds and cooling temperature, walkways and roads can become more dangerous. Wet leaves and early frosts can create slippery conditions if wet or snow-covered surfaces, including standing puddles and leaf-filled entryways, are not properly cleared.
Property owners should remove wet leaves as soon as possible, even though they may become difficult to rake.
As the number of daylight hours grows shorter, poor lighting can result in slip and fall accidents in parking lots, on decks, sidewalks and curbs, and other outdoor walking areas. Property owners may forget to put on their exterior lights as nightfall approaches earlier in the day. Without proper light, pedestrians can trip and fall when cracks, holes, and uneven surfaces are not detectable due to insufficient lighting.
Drivers may also experience problems as the timing of direct sunlight hours change. Sun glare can occur at unexpected hours as the sun’s location changes in autumn. When direct sunlight obstructs a driver’s view of the road, serious and potentially fatal car accidents can take place.
Autumn brings about the beginning of the holiday season with Halloween, which for many families is a time to decorate with colorful lights or spooky outside decorations, which require electricity to work. Unfortunately, hidden wires and cords can become significant tripping hazards.
Decorations that obstruct a pedestrian’s view, such as hanging cobwebs or large cornstalks, are other potential causes of accidents during the autumn months.
Slip and fall accidents can result in catastrophic injuries such as broken bones, internal bleeding, paralysis, concussions or traumatic brain injuries. Serious physical injuries can lead to ongoing medical expenses for treatment, medications, and rehabilitation – including physical and occupational therapy.
Individuals injured in slip and fall accidents may suffer loss of wages as they are unable to work. Negligence due to poorly maintained properties and the failure of property owners to repair problems are the sort of situations where an experienced Bear personal injury lawyer can help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a slip and fall, you may be entitled to compensation for these injuries. Call today at 302-834-8484 or contact us online. The experienced Bear personal injury lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow fight on behalf of accident victims in Elsmere and Seaford and throughout Delaware.