When the weather grows warmer, people spend more time outside. While the fresh spring breezes are both healthy and uplifting, melting snow and ice create damp and slippery conditions that turn indoor and outdoor surfaces into hazards. Increased car and bicycle traffic and the presence of more dog owners walking their pets also contribute to more dangerous conditions.
Let’s take a look at some of the more common personal injuries that occur when spring rolls in.
Slip and fall injuries
Puddles of melting snow and ice can form suddenly outside and be tracked inside, creating slip hazards. Floors, stairs, sidewalks, and roads are all places where accumulated moisture can cause you to slip and suffer bruises, broken bones, or worse. To compound the danger, people tend to put their winter boots away when the weather gets warm and wear shoes that don’t always have a good tread for slippery conditions.
Once the snowdrifts and biting winds become history, many people like to take their dogs out for extended walks, which increases the risk of dog bite injuries. Although dog owners are required to keep their animals on a leash in public and exercise appropriate control over pets that have a history of biting people or other animals, some of them are lax in this area. Dog bites can result in serious and even permanent injuries, especially if the victim is a small child.
Cyclists greet spring by getting out their bikes and hitting the roads and trails that New York offers in abundance. Whenever bikes and motor vehicles share the road, however, the risk of collisions goes up, with cyclists getting the worst of it if something happens. While wearing a helmet can reduce the likelihood of a serious head injury, other parts of your body can suffer catastrophic damage if you’re struck by a moving vehicle.
Motor vehicle accidents
When the weather is appealing, people tend to spend more time out on the road, taking excursions or traveling to places that might have been difficult to reach during the winter. Consequently, car accidents often spike in the early spring. Motorists who are not paying attention or following the rules of the road are at risk of colliding with other drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Children are especially at risk because more of them go outside to play when the weather is warm.
If you are injured as the result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, then contact a New York personal injury attorney. Your attorney will assess your needs and damages, help you determine who is responsible for your injuries, and get you the justice and compensation you are entitled to.
Jayson Lutzky has helped clients recover millions of dollars in settlements and judgments for a wide variety of personal injuries. If you were injured, whether it was indoors or outdoors, then you may be able to receive money to cover medical bills, lost wages and to compensation for pain and suffering. Set up a free initial in-person consultation with Mr. Lutzky by calling his office at 718-329-9500.