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Rainy weather conditions could increase slip-and-fall risks

On Behalf of | Apr 6, 2022 | Slip-and-Fall Accidents

It is no secret that slippery surface conditions can increase the risks of fall-related incidents. While this might include issues such as floor spills, studies also highlight the dangers involved with rainy or wet weather conditions. Rainy weather could create a variety of slip-and-fall hazards and individuals in New Mexico may find that taking steps to mitigate similar safety risks could prove integral to staving off a potentially disastrous scenario.

Experts indicate that there may be a variety of steps property owners can take to help reduce slip-and-fall hazards during rainy weather conditions, some of which may include:

  • Parking lot safety: Rainy weather conditions could create various safety hazards in parking lots and being proactive in addressing such risks may be vital to promoting a safer atmosphere.
  • Prompt response: It could also be essential to create strategies to issue a swift response to any possible fall-related hazards once wet weather conditions set in, or even to take preventative measures when the forecast involves rain.
  • Building entrances: During rainy weather, building entrances may be a hotspot for slippery surfaces and implementing measures such as slip-resistant flooring may also be integral.
  • Safety gear: Those who hire employees may also find that requiring the use of shoes with adequate tread may also be integral to improving safety.

Clearly marking hazards and ensuring all areas have adequate lighting may also be vital ways to improve safety and reduce the chances of a dangerous incident.

Unfortunately, it might not always be feasible to rely on property owners to take the necessary steps to reduce slip-and-fall accident risks. Individuals in New Mexico who suffer serious or permanent injuries due to the negligent decisions of another party may wish to exercise their rights to seek restitution in civil court, and they could choose to retain the services of an attorney for guidance in the process. An attorney can evaluate the incident, along with a client’s injuries and financial needs and assist in preparing to seek the full amount of compensation to which he or she is entitled to receive.