Victims of fall accidents may not care about the differences between a slip and fall accident or a trip and fall accident. All they know is that they are in pain from falling. Although it may not matter much to victims after they are injured, we want to explain some of the differences so that victims and their families understand more about what could have led up to their accident and injury.
Combined slips, trips and falls make up approximately 15 percent of accidental deaths in this nation, second to fatal automobile accidents, so it is important to understand these types of accidents in order to help avoid needless fatalities.
Slip and Fall Accidents
The most common type of slip and fall accident takes place on wet, slippery surfaces. For example, it is common for slip and fall accidents in Georgia to occur in supermarkets from spills on the floor. These accidents typically take place when there is not enough traction or friction between the floor and someone’s feet. Spills, wet surfaces, weather hazards, or even poor footwear can lead to slip and fall injuries.
In order to help prevent slip and fall accidents, it is important that people wear footwear that has great tread or slip-resistant shoes; however, sometimes slip and fall accidents can occur even when people are being careful and paying attention to their surroundings.
Trip and Fall Accidents
Trips typically occur when people’s feet hit an object in the floor that causes them to lose their balance and fall. Sometimes this can be caused from a broken sidewalk, obstacles in a walkway, lose carpeting, or broken pavement. People can help prevent trips by reporting dangerous conditions and picking up obstacles in walkways.
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While we can all do our best to prevent slip, trips and falls, accidents and injuries are going to occur. If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, there may be responsible parties you could hold liable for your injury. Employers, property owners, landlords, business owners, cities and more could be liable for your injuries.
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