Although several slip and fall accidents commonly occur in the icy winter, they happen in the summertime as well. Better weather generally means more people are getting out of their homes, shopping in malls or stores, going to amusement parks, or eating out at restaurants. This increase in activity also increases the possibility of slip and fall accidents.
Property owners have a duty to make their premises safe. If a property owner is negligent and an injury occurs as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on the property, which the owner knew, or should have known about, then he or she is generally responsible.
As temperatures rise, families flock to amusement parks, outdoor festivals, and water parks to have fun and cool off. Pools can be enjoyable, but slipping near or in a pool can be fatal. Wet surfaces decrease traction because it has a lower coefficient of friction. Coefficient of friction is a number that represents the ratio of force of friction between two surfaces in contact with each other. More friction is present if the surfaces are rougher and less friction is present if the surfaces are smoother. Water makes the surface slippery, so the resisting friction force is less, and thus takes more time and energy to slow down or be in control.
Good weather also means a rise in outdoor improvements. This means debris from repair work, paint jobs, and dusty or broken sidewalks, which can increase the likelihood of a slip and fall injury. Again, dust or paint can lower the coefficient of friction between the pavement and you, causing a slip and fall. Although the icy roads have melted away, it does not mean that your risk of slipping, falling, and injuring yourself is any less. Stay alert and be mindful of your surroundings and consult with a Pennsylvania attorney, who practices in the area of personal injury and who has extensive experience in slip and fall injuries, if you or a loved one has been injured on another person’s property.