The first few snowfalls of the New Year are expected to bring slippery conditions to New York City, making driving and even simply walking around treacherous. Meteorologists are predicting that the first few storms of 2020 will bring a lot of rain but when the temperatures drop, be prepared for freezing rain, and slush on sidewalks and roadways. Analysts say that these types of storms are often the most dangerous because they result in this highest number of icy slip and fall injuries in New York City.
Snow is no joke and should always be treated with caution, especially for pedestrians walking along New York City’s sidewalks, crosswalks, and building entrances. When snow compacts or the temperature drops into that danger zone that sits a few degrees either side of freezing, that snow becomes a serious health hazard.
Indeed, accident data collected by various state agencies shows than milder winters actually result in more slip and fall accidents than harsher ones. Over two years (2012 and 2013) 80% of all slip and fall accidents on icy surfaces occurred in the absence of any appreciable snowfall. The difference is likely caused by a number of factors, not the least of which is victims often let their guards down.
Slip and fall accidents on New York City sidewalks and building pathways account for a significant majority of ER visits during the winter months. They also represent a significant portion of the financial expenses incurred by New Yorkers between November and April.
The Snow and Ice Management Association estimates that the average “cost” of a slip and fall accident on snow and ice-covered walkways is between $33,000 and $44,000. That’s 10% higher than an “average” slip and fall accident.
If you’ve been injured because a landlord has failed to take adequate care of the sidewalk or walkway in front of or on their property, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced slip and fall accident attorney in New York City today. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 to speak with a professional right now.