The fall season is in full swing here in New York City as the month of October comes to an end.
From new shows on Broadway to the Macy’s Day Parade, there are many activities to be enjoyed during the fall season in NYC this year.
However, it is important to keep in mind that the change in season brings with it certain changes in weather conditions which can create slip and fall hazards for pedestrians.
How To Avoid Slip & Fall Accidents In NYC This Season
Watch Out For The Leaves!
One of the best parts about being in New York City during the fall season is the ability to witness the changing color of leaves throughout the City. In fact, one of the best activities to do during the fall in New York City is to visit Central Park to see all of the beautiful leaves.
However, the beautiful leaves can be hazardous for pedestrians when they fall, as they often cause walkers or runners to slip.
Sidewalks & Streets
Always be cautious when there are leaves on the sidewalks or streets, especially if the area is completely covered in leaves.
Being careful on leaf-covered sidewalks and streets is especially important for runners or joggers.
Although the cooler fall weather can be a refreshing change of pace for those who enjoy running outside, the leaves that come with the fall season can cause injuries for runners.
This is because runners do not have as much time to look out for leaves. Additionally, the reduced friction caused by a leaf can exacerbate the severity of any injuries that may occur from slipping.
Lobbies & Floors
A much less obvious place where you should keep an eye out for leaves is on the floors of lobbies in offices, apartment buildings and stores throughout New York City.
Many people track leaves on their feet while walking around and then brush their shoes off when entering a building. As a result, there are often leaves scattered among lobby floors.
Lobby floors are already dangerous enough without slippery leaves, so it is important to take extra precaution if there are leaves present.
Be Aware of Changing Weather Conditions
The fall season also brings with it a change temperatures and weather conditions which can create hazards for pedestrians.
While October is typically the driest month in New York City, the potential for snowy / wintry weather exists during the fall season. In fact, we have already had some snow in New York City earlier this month and there may be more to follow in November.
It is always advisable to take extra precaution to avoid slipping whenever there is rain, snow or ice on the streets.
For more information on what to do after slipping on snow or ice in New York City, click here.
Colder Temperatures Can Damage Sidewalks & Roads
In addition to bringing snowy weather, the colder temperatures can actually damage sidewalks and roads in New York City.
More specifically, the fluctuation in temperatures (between warm and cold) often causes concrete or asphalt to expand and contract. Over time this process can cause cracks and potholes that can cause pedestrians to trip.
In the unfortunate event that a damaged sidewalk or road causes you to slip or trip, then you may be able to pursuit compensation under in premises liability lawsuit.
To learn more about the legal responsibility of damaged sidewalks and roads in New York, click here.
The Final Word On Fall
Fall is one of the best times to be in New York City. You should embrace the change in season and enjoy the different activities that it brings, while also remembering to look out for the seasonal dangers that exist.
Understanding the most prominent causes of slip and fall accidents during this fall can help you to avoid injury.