Autumn weather brings the beauty of red, orange, and yellow to our foliage with just as perfect temperatures to enjoy it. Autumn also brings cold night temperatures, shorter days, rainier days, and piles of leaves and sticks on the ground; all of which can be the perfect combination for a New Haven slip and fall accident.
By the end of the fall, we are experiencing freezing temperatures overnight. This, combined with the more frequent rain we seem to experience in during fall months, can lead to slippery walkways and parking lots. Add in the longer hours of darkness, and you have prime conditions for a New Haven slip and fall accident. The earlier darkness also helps to obscure obstacles, pavement irregularities, and potholes – leading to trip and fall accidents. Those colorful leaves become a real nuisance when they hit the ground. Not only do you have to rake them up, but they can hide dangers on the ground even better than the shorter daylight hours can.
All of this means that you must use more care in the fall to avoid tripping over holes, steps, frozen puddles and other traps for pedestrians that the autumn brings. For landowners it means being ready with a rake, leaf blower, or vacuum to keep sidewalks clear of leaves. Landowners should also have salt or sand at the ready, and make sure that outdoor lighting is appropriate and in good repair.
If you or your loved one was injured, contact the New Haven personal injury lawyers at The LoRicco Law Firm. Our team is experienced at handling cases like this and we’ll work our hardest to protect your long term interests.