New York City is often a hectic place. As you walk around the city or use public transportation, you may encounter various slip, trip and fall hazards. In many instances, negligent property owners are to blame for causing these fall accidents.
While some injuries may be purely accidental or due to weather, you may have the option of pursuing a premises liability lawsuit after an accident. Here are a few common causes of slips and trips in New York City.
Wires and cables
While walking somewhere, you expect the surface to be free of hazards that may cause you to trip. Unfortunately, many indoor and outdoor surfaces may have wires or cables. Power tools, sound systems, power generators and vacuum cleaners are just some pieces of equipment that require using cords. If someone fails to place warning signs and tape down wires, it may cause you to suffer an injury.
Of course, using public transportation is a staple of NYC. But public transit is often hazardous too. Subway platforms may have poorly maintained steps, liquid spills or inadequate lighting that causes you to fall. When you need to stand on a bus or train, you may fall to the ground due to floor hazards or sudden jolts.
Whether walking, jogging or running throughout the city, you expect sidewalks to be relatively flat. Unfortunately, you are at risk for stumbling or tripping over broken concrete and uneven edges. This is especially a possibility when walking in the dark.
The winter months can be brutal in the Big Apple; you may need to tread through snow and ice at times. While this is a natural occurrence, property owners are still responsible for cleaning up ice and snow to keep the public safe from harm.