For many people in New Jersey, winter is the most dangerous time of the year. Every year, hundreds of people suffer from broken bones after slipping on the snow and ice. However, it’s not just bad weather that causes accidents. The holiday season presents its own set of dangers for young adults and elderly people alike.
What are some common winter injuries?
During the winter months, many people travel to visit loved ones they seldom see due to distance. The most economical way to do so is by car. Consequently, the highways are jammed with traffic, often when the weather is inclement. Of course, many vehicular accidents occur. Add to this the increase of drunk driving incidents caused by someone combining holiday cheer with poor judgment. If you are the victim of someone else’s carelessness behind the wheel, you have grounds to sue for damages.
Hundreds of people also suffer from slip-and-fall accidents when the weather gets bad. Many accidents happen at home, but some accidents occur in public places like stores or movie theaters. If you slip and fall on the ice in a public place, you might be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. The people who own public places are legally obligated to keep the area safe and hazard-free for all customers.
Have you been injured in a public place?
Everyone is responsible for their own safety. However, public places also have a responsibility to eliminate hazards that might cause an accident. If you’re walking outside a hotel and you slip and fall on the ice, you might be able to file a personal injury lawsuit with the help of an attorney. In this case, your attorney might be able to help you prove that the owners should have known about the hazard and acted accordingly.