Why Sunny Autumn Days Could Present A Greater Risk of Accidents
Autumn is in the air – crisp, sunny afternoons make us crave outdoor activity. Hayrides, pumpkin and apple picking, and roasting marshmallows around a bonfire all come to mind when thinking of the shortening days of Fall. That said, even these seemingly routine activities sometimes present a greater risk of accidents. The question becomes whether someone else becomes liable if you’re injured.
Leaves on the ground can lead to slip, trip, and fall accidents since you can’t see something hidden underneath – chestnuts, acorns, twigs, and other such natural debris can easily cause you to lose your footing. Also, in rainy weather the leaves can make surfaces as slippery as ice.
When does all this matter? Commercial businesses owe their patrons certain legal responsibilities. Among them is that they keep the premises safe for those who visit them, also known as business invitees.
Hayrides can cause injury if the road taken is bumpy. Let’s face it, farm wagons don’t come with seat belts – or seats for that matter. You can easily fall, injuring your face, teeth, head or worse. A couple of years ago, the news told the story of a young teen who died when the jeep hauling a hayride lost its brakes.
Slip and Fall Accidents Increase When Autumn Comes
You don’t necessarily hear about a preponderance of slip and fall accidents during the summer months. It’s as if they start from autumn weather and continue into winter. Last year, bad weather continued beyond spring and caused a series of bad accidents.
A day of fun can, unfortunately, result in a trip to the emergency room or admission to the hospital. It can also cause lost time from school or work. It can be a challenge to determine who is at fault, since the landowner may not be the one responsible for preventing these types of hazards.
So What Can You Do?
An accident on private or commercial property presents its own set of challenges, like determining who is a fault and what insurance is responsible for covering the accident. Here are some things to do in case you think someone else is responsible for your injuries:
• Make every attempt to give notice to someone that you suffered an injury.
• When possible, take pictures of the hazard that was the cause of your accident.
• Seek medical evaluation, even if it seems to be a minor injury – what you see as minor can be found to be much more serious in the eyes of a doctor.
• If the injury is serious enough, and an ambulance is called, their staff will make a record from your description and their observation of your injuries. That record can be crucial in pursuing your claim – proof of when, where and how you were injured.
If you experience such a mishap, the best thing you can do to protect yourself is to secure competent legal counsel. The experienced attorneys at The Law Offices of Beninato & Matrafaljo, are here to help you with your accident claim and protect your rights. With decades of combined experience, we can sort through the confusion and will work diligently to negotiate a fair insurance settlement based upon your injuries.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident of any kind, contact us to schedule an appointment.