Slip and fall accidents should never be underestimated in Michigan; such accidents can result in injuries such as sprains, fractures, and head trauma for victims - the elderly are particularly prone to falling on icy surfaces. At the same time, no one is safe from the dangers posed by slippery conditions.
Legal complications related to slip-and-fall incidents should they fail to maintain safe conditions on property owners can also arise - potentially leaving property owners open to litigation liabilities should icy conditions create dangerous environments on-premises.
Preventing Slip and Fall Accidents in Michigan
How does one prevent a slip-and-fall accident in Michigan? How do you protect your property ownership from liability in Michigan? The following are some tips:
Clear Snow and Ice: Property owners must ensure the safety of visitors to their premises, which means regularly clearing snow and ice from walkways, driveways, parking lots, etc. Shoveling away snow can save lives.
Proper Footwear: When venturing outdoors this winter, select shoes or boots explicitly designed to handle slippery conditions to decrease the chance of slipperiness and reduce slipperiness risks. High heels should also be avoided, and instead, consider shoes expressly intended to keep feet safe on slippery terrain - these will significantly decrease the chances of slipping!
Attentive Walking: Stay aware of your surroundings and adapt your walking style accordingly, taking shorter steps and moving slowly for optimal balance if available handrails exist.
Carry Traction Aids: Traction aids such as ice cleats or non-slip shoe covers may offer added stability when walking on slippery surfaces, providing support when traversing them.
Lighting: Make sure outdoor areas are well-lit at night to allow for visibility of dangers like icy patches and other potential hazards and to identify them more quickly if necessary.
Stay Informed: Monitor weather forecasts closely, looking for warnings or advisories related to hazardous road conditions, such as slippery floors. Delay your plans, or consider staying home when conditions become dangerous.
Report Unsafe Conditions: If you spot areas covered in snow or ice that are uncleared by snow removal efforts, take prompt action by notifying authorities and property owners immediately so as to avert accidents from taking place.
Michigan winters offer both beauty and risk. While reducing slip-and-fall accidents is impossible this season, taking measures and being conscious of your surroundings may reduce them substantially.
Remember your role by clearing snow/ice off of your property regularly while reporting unsafe situations when encountered; by working together, we can enjoy Michigan winters while staying safe!