When you're walking, you don't expect to run into trouble. Even so, you could be part of a slip-and-fall accident when you least expect it. This holds true both indoors and outdoors.
There are many circumstances that can lead to an outdoor slip-and-fall accident, including the following:
- Snow or ice accumulation: This is common in Pennsylvania during the winter months. Even if a property owner attempts to keep the exterior of their building clear, this doesn't always happen. There are many reasons for the unnatural accumulation of snow and ice, such as sloping surfaces and gutter drips.
- Parking lots and sidewalks: You spend a good amount of time walking in parking lots and on sidewalks. What you may not realize is that your safety could be at risk, such as if there are potholes, cracks or uneven surfaces.
- Inadequate lighting: A lack of lighting makes it difficult to see what lies ahead, thus increasing the risk of a slip and fall. For example, if you can't see a curb in a parking lot, there's a greater chance it will trip you up.
While these circumstances have the potential to cause an outdoor slip-and-fall accident, there are others that deserve your attention.
If you're injured in an outdoor slip-and-fall accident, call for help and seek immediate medical care. Also, make note of what went wrong and take pictures of the scene (and your injuries) for proof. Doing all of these things will work in your favor should you want to seek compensation in the future.