This week, the Philadelphia region faces extreme winter conditions. Snow fall started late Tuesday afternoon, and an arctic blast will move in tomorrow. The temperature will continue to drop into the teens as we head into the weekend. There is no doubt that the bitter cold temperatures later this week will freeze any precipitation on the ground. Any snow that may have melted will freeze as the arctic blast moves in. This poses a dangerous slipping hazard to pedestrians walking on sidewalks, driveways, outdoor stairways and parking lots.
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In the winter many slip and fall accidents in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs are due to snow and ice. We often help Pennsylvania pedestrians who are injured in slip and fall accidents. We see first-hand that slip and fall accidents on snow and ice result in serious injuries. Some of the top injuries we see as Philadelphia slip and fall accident lawyers are broken bones, head injuries and concussions.
Below are some tips for pedestrians to avoid slip and fall accidents this winter:
- Wear winter boots to avoid slipping on snow.
- Walk slowly and take deliberate steps.
- Give yourself extra time to get to your destination so you are not in a rush.
- Don’t walk with your hands in your pocket. This will allow you to use your hands to balance, and also help break your fall in the event you slip.
- Keep in mind that black ice looks like wet pavement and be careful walking over it.
Legal Rights After Philadelphia Slip and Fall Accidents
If pedestrians are injured in slip and fall accidents due to snow or ice, they may have legal rights. For instance, if a pedestrian walking through Center City Philadelphia to get to work slips and falls on an icy sidewalk in front of a store and gets injured, she may have legal rights against the store or the party responsible for clearing the sidewalk. If the store is renting the premises from the property owner/landlord, and the lease provides that it is the store’s responsibility to clear the sidewalk of snow and ice, then the liable party is the store. However, if the lease provides that the landlord will clear the sidewalk, then the landlord is the liable party.
It is important to note that even after the liable party is determined, the injured pedestrian still needs to prove that the liable party had notice of the snow and ice. Click here to see a detailed discussion of notice in slip and fall accident cases.
Help After a Philadelphia, PA Slip and Fall Accident on Ice or Snow
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident due to snow or ice in Philadelphia or the surrounding PA suburbs, call our “Top” rated personal injury lawyers for a FREE consultation. (866) 641-0806