By: Emily Stringer
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Slip and Fall Accidents Increase In Autumn
What is the favorite time of year for many can also be the most dangerous. As the leaves fall and change colors and the weather turns crisp, your chances of being hurt in a slip and fall accident increase. Weather, an increase in foot traffic, wet leaves, football, and carelessness are contributing factors to the increase of slip and fall accidents. According to the CDC, one out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.
Here are the most common hazards in the Fall.
Falling leaves are beautiful but can limit your vision, as can rain and fog. Days are also shorter, which makes it more difficult to see objects on the streets. Shorter days also increases driving hazards which can lead to more accidents including slip and fall.
Wet and Slippery Floors
Rain is synonymous with Fall. During this season, streets and floors are often wet. Although premise owners are responsible for keeping floors dry and safe, many do not do so. Walk with caution, and wear appropriate shoes.
Early Snow and Ice
Although not common, snow can surprise us at any moment during autumn. You should always watch out for ice as the temperatures drop further at night.
Halloween and Christmas Decorations
While festive and fun, your pumpkins and Santa and be a hazard. Businesses and private residents cover their entrances and facades with enormous decorations that may become loose and fall, injuring innocent passers-by.
The majority of these hazards are impossible to avoid. Knowing that these hazards can help keep you and your family safe as can being aware of your surroundings in the Fall and those around you.
If you or a family member experience this type of incident, it is important to remain calm. This will put you in the best position to communicate with others, especially with those responsible for your injuries. In addition, you should always consult with a medical professional.
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