As you know, New York winters are cold and typically snowy, and with this comes icy conditions on sidewalks, walkways, and roads. With winter quickly arriving, you want to be sure you’re prepared to be as proactive as possible to avoid personal injuries. Every year injured persons see a personal injury lawyer New York because an accident occurs that could have been prevented and/or one or more parties were negligent in the conditions that led up to the injury.
Watch your step
During New York’s typical messy winter months you always want to be vigilant when you walk and watch where you step. With ice and snow present, the chances of slip and fall accidents are highly increased. Additionally, be sure to dress appropriately and wear sturdy boots when shoveling or walking where snow or ice is present. Keep in mind while you want to take steps to protect yourself, you also want to take care you aren’t the cause of someone else getting hurt. Don’t find yourself sitting in the defendant’s seat in a courtroom, be sure to always keep your sidewalks, walkways, and driveway clear of snow and ice. NYS health officials say “falls are not accidents”and tend to occur in predictable patterns — do what you can to decrease the odds of a slip and fall accident.
Take care with ladders and stepstools
Before allowing yourself or someone else to climb up on a ladder or stepstool to put up (or take down) those pretty holiday decorations, inspect each one before using. Additionally, when someone climbs the steps be sure the stepladder is steady, being held in place if necessary. It’s easy to miss a step or lose balance while climbing, be safety conscious because a fall can result in serious personal injury.
Be vigilant behind the wheel
If road conditions are bad, it’s best to stay off of them, however, if you prepare your car you’ll be better equipped to deal with wintry road conditions and decrease your chances of causing an accident. Before Jack Frost arrives is when it’s time to winterize your car so it is the safest it can be while you are on the road. You never know when that first ice storm will arrive. Additionally, people tend to drink more during the holidays. If you are in a situation where alcohol is flowing and you’ve taken part, don’t ever get behind the wheel or travel with someone else who has been drinking. Last year more than 10,000 people died nationwide because of a drunk driver. Even if someone’s BAC is below the legal limit, it can still lead to disaster.
According to statistics compiled by New York State Department of Health, more than 1.5 million New Yorkers visit the ER each year for personal injuries. If you are injured or need to be defended against an injury that occurred on your property, a personal injury lawyer New York can help.