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Avoid Slipping and Falling on New York Sidewalks This Winter

New York sidewalks, particularly in New York City, are often crowded, busy places. People walk to and from their homes, workplaces, and other destinations daily and at all hours. Sidewalks are created and maintained by the city for the ease, comfort, and safety of New York citizens, but if the city fails to repair damage to public areas, they could face liability issues after an accident.

Sidewalks can pose a huge issue when not properly maintained, particularly for seniors. Potholes, uneven pavement, and ice can cause slip and fall accidents and serious injuries to pedestrians. Falls are the leading cause of accidental death for people over the age of 60, so being cautious is extremely important for older people.

The best way to avoid slip and fall accidents this winter is simply to be aware of your environment. Watch the ground for large potholes or cracks so you can avoid them when they appear. During the winter, wear sturdy boots with good traction and walk at a slower pace to avoid problems on icy sidewalks.

Likewise, if you see dangerous conditions on the sidewalk, report them to the building owners responsible for that patch of ground or to law enforcement officials. Reporting problems can keep other pedestrians safe.

If an accident does occur, property owners are legally responsible for keeping sidewalks adjacent to their properties in a reasonably safe condition. This responsibility includes fixing potholes and cracks, and shoveling snow and salting ice during the winter.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall accident, talk to one of our skilled Otsego County slip and fall attorneys about your case as soon as possible. Our firm is dedicated to helping the victims of negligence seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Let us see what we can do for you.

Contact us at (607) 228-8404 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation with us today.