When considering accidents that lead to severe injuries, slips and falls might not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, the truth of the matter is that slip-and-fall accidents are among the leading causes of accidental death and injury in the U.S.
What makes slip-and-fall accidents so dangerous is the variety of different ways that they can occur. Interestingly, a significant number of falls occur in the home setting. However, there are a number of locations that present a heightened threat of either slipping or falling. Outlined below are some of the common sites of slip-and-fall accidents.
Falls on the sidewalk
Across Alabama, many people opt to walk to work or some may take a regular stroll with friends. Either way, the threat of tripping and losing balance is always present. Sometimes, sidewalks may be in a state of disrepair, leading them to crack or become uneven. Any surface that is uneven and likely to be used as a walkway presents a notable slip-and-fall hazard.
Even at the best of times, walkers must negotiate stairways in a careful manner. Nonetheless, when stairways are poorly maintained, they become increasingly dangerous. Loose carpets or uneven steps have the potential to cause serious accidents. Also, when obstacles are placed in areas that are used frequently, the risk of tripping is accentuated.
Grocery stores and hospitality venues
Stores, restaurants and hotels are busy locations with many people coming and going. A significant proportion of the daily activity in such areas includes collections and deliveries. Packages that have been put aside inappropriately have the potential to trip up visitors. Additionally, because such venues tend to prioritize cleanliness, there is always a chance of falling when floors have been freshly cleaned and mopped.
Recognizing some of the more common sites of accidents could help to protect you from injury. If you have been injured, it may benefit you to get to know your legal rights in Alabama.