For many people in Connecticut, autumn is one of their favorite seasons of the year. The temperatures begin to drop down, the leaves turn beautiful colors and then slowly fall to the ground. It is also an ideal time to go outside to engage in a variety of athletic activities such as bike riding, running, jogging, or walking. Unfortunately, this is also the time of the year when there are many hazards present that cause people to fall. Some of these injuries can be quite serious and can result in the hospitalization of the person who fell. It is important to understand the common hazards which you could encounter so that you might not become the victim of a trip and fall or slip and fall accident in Connecticut.
- Getting darker earlier: We just set our clocks back an hour so now it is getting darker earlier. You need to be extremely careful when engaging in any sporting activities or while walking because of fact that it is getting darker earlier. You might not see certain hazards, such as a hole in the sidewalk, because they may be partially covered with leaves and not properly illuminated. If you are walking on the streets on a regular basis after dark is important that you carry a flashlight and be ever mindful of your surroundings.
- Wet Sidewalks and Roadways: Autumn sees a fair amount of rain which causes many leaves to fall from the trees and then stick to the roadways and sidewalks where they are quite wet and slippery. Wet leaves can be as slippery as ice. Waking surfaces can be especially slippery if they are made of a surface such as tile, brick, metal, glass, or other surfaces of a non-kid proof nature. It is important that you walk with caution, especially when wet leaves are underfoot, and whenever possible wear shoes that will reduce the risk of slipping.
- Ice and Snow: It is getting to that time of the year when temperatures begin to drop dramatically and sometimes below freezing. Frost, ice and snow can begin to accumulate even in small amounts. If a walking or driving surface is covered with frost, ice or snow it makes moving along that surface much more hazardous. Sometimes these conditions are very difficult to see so it is very important that you pay close attention while walking when the temperatures dip near or below freezing.
- Falling tree branches and other objects: Most people walk by looking 6 to 12 feet ahead of them. It stands to reason that you are not looking straight down when you are walking along the sidewalk because you would not be alerted as to the things ahead of you. Because most people look out into the distance when walking items directly below your feet are sometimes difficult to notice. It is important to understand that during the autumn season many branches, acorns, leaves and other objects fall to the ground which make walking more hazardous. Is important to be constantly aware of your surroundings and notice items that are ahead of you so by the time you get to them you are alerted to the potential danger which that situation might create.
If you or someone you know has been injured in some type of Connecticut trip and fall or slip and fall accident, then you should do a number of different things. If anyone witnessed your fall you should get the name and address of that individual, you should contact 911 if you have been injured so you could be taken to the nearest hospital by ambulance and so the police can file a report. To the extent that you are able, you or someone at the accident site should take as many pictures as possible of what caused you to slip and fall or trip and fall and the exact location of where you fell so that you will have a photographic record to provide to your Connecticut personal injury lawyer.
Should also contact an experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyer at the earliest possible moment so that you can understand what you should be doing and what you should not be doing. For example, you should never speak with the insurance adjuster representing the person that was responsible for your injuries and damages because you could severely compromise your case and reduce the value of your claim by thousands and thousands of dollars. Our Connecticut personal injury lawyers provide free information and advice. You can visit our website and download our free book on Connecticut accident and injury law. You can call our toll-free number and speak with one of our Connecticut personal injury lawyers or you can schedule an appointment to have a free consultation where one of our Connecticut personal injury lawyers will be happy to meet with you to specifically discuss the facts of your case.
Our Connecticut personal injury lawyers also handle these cases on a contingency fee basis and advance the costs to develop your case so you do not have to come up with any money out of pocket. You will not have to pay any legal fees or any costs unless and until we recover money damages for you. We take all of the financial risk so you can concentrate on what's most important which is getting better as quickly as possible. Do not make a mistake in attempting to what handle your own Connecticut personal injury case.