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Understanding Snow-Related Hazards & Risks

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In White Plains, NY, snow can turn our town into a winter wonderland, but it also brings a lot of risks to personal safety. At Gash & Associates, P.C., we understand that accidents related to snow and ice can seriously hurt people and affect their lives and their families. Knowing about these dangers can help you prevent them, and knowing about the duty of care that property owners or other drivers owe you can help you stand up for your rights.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, call our White Plains office today.

Slips and Falls

Slipping and falling is a big problem when it’s snowy because ice and snow can make walkways and parking lots very slippery. Falls can lead to serious injuries, like broken bones or long-term health problems. Property owners and the City of White Plains have to keep these areas safe. If they don’t, and someone gets hurt, they might be held responsible for the damages.

Snowy Roads and Driving

Driving when it snows is another big risk. Snowy roads cause less visibility, and slick ice can cause car accidents. Cars might hit each other or any people walking nearby. Drivers need to be extra careful in snow and make sure their vehicles are prepared for winter.

Shoveling Snow and Cold

Shoveling snow might seem simple, but it can be too much work for some people. The outside temperatures combined with rigorous exercise can lead to heart attacks for people with health problems. Also, the cold weather can cause frostbite or hypothermia, particularly in older people and young kids. It’s important to take breaks, dress warmly, and know the signs of exhaustion.

Slippery Walkways and Falling Ice

One of the big dangers near businesses is heavy snow falling from their roofs. This can happen when snow builds up and then suddenly falls off, and it can hit unsuspecting pedestrians or customers. A lot of snow can knock unprepared people to the ground and cause countless injuries. Building owners need to regularly clear snow from their roofs around entrances or walkways to keep everyone safe.

Another common danger is slipping on icy walkways. Even when property owners try to remove ice, sometimes entrances can still be slippery. They might clear the snow, but if the water isn’t removed, it can still cause accidents. It’s important for property owners to not only clear the snow but also to make sure their entrances are free from hazards.

The Legal Stuff in Snow-Related Injury Cases

At Gash & Associates, P.C., we are experienced in all kinds of personal injuries, including those caused by snow and ice. Figuring out who is at fault in these cases involves looking at whether the property owner did enough to keep the place safe. Car accidents in snow can be a bit more complicated because even though the weather plays a part, the drivers may have been reckless with conditions on the road.

To learn more or to talk to us about your injury case, call (914) 328-8800. Let us help you get the justice you deserve.