Where Are Some of the Most Common Places to Slip and Fall in Riverside?

November 29, 2022 Posted In Personal Injury

Slip and fall accidents can cause severe injuries and are a common occurrence in Riverside. Some of the places where these incidents most frequently happen are as follows. 

Sidewalks

Sidewalks can be dangerously uneven, broken, have cracks, or be slippery due to ice. The owner or lessor of the property adjacent to a sidewalk is generally responsible for maintaining the sidewalk and keeping it in good repair. However, depending on local ordinances, it may be the city’s responsibility. As a result, who is liable for a sidewalk slip and fall is typically decided on a case-by-case basis. 

Parking Lots

Slip and falls are prevalent in parking lots due to uneven pavement, potholes, or poor lighting. In these cases, the parking lot owner will be liable if their negligence was the cause of your injury. 

Restaurants and Bars

Crowded spaces create a heightened risk of a slip and fall when there are too many people, moving chairs, spilled liquids on the floor, or a poor design. If the owner or manager could have prevented a slip and fall and failed to fix a hazard or warn of it, they could be liable. 

Gas Stations

The ground in and near gas stations is often slick due to water, gasoline, or oil spills and may not have caution signs or similar displays to warn of them. Gas stations may also have broken steps, rails, door handles, or obstructions in the walkways, leading consumers to injure themselves. 

Shopping Malls

Slip and falls happen in shopping malls for a wide variety of reasons. However, the mall owner, a shop owner, or a maintenance company may be liable if a slip and fall is caused by their failure to fix:

  • Cracked flooring;
  • Torn carpeting;
  • Wet or slick entrances;
  • Inadequate lighting;
  • Broken stairs;
  • Broken handrails;
  • Malfunctioning escalators;
  • Potholes in the parking lot;
  • Clean up spills in the food court;
  • And more. 

Amusement and Water Parks

Slips and falls are very common at amusement and water parks. When property management companies, tenants, contractors, or employees fail to be vigilant for wet steps, unsafe platforms, unmarked cables, debris on the ground, and other obstacles, they can be liable. Water parks are expected to follow ADA regulations concerning slippery surfaces. When they fail to have non-slip, textured surfaces on flat walking areas and stairs, slip and fall injuries are a frequent occurrence. 

Swimming Pools

Slip and falls near pools seem unavoidable, but property owners can take steps to prevent them. Some examples of when they can be liable for an injury include failing to properly maintain, provide adequate supervision, or security.   

Apartment Complexes

At apartment complexes, slip and falls often happen when landlords fail to install adequate lighting or fix broken sidewalks, steps, or handrails. 

Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities are at a higher risk of falls due to their age and health conditions. However, slip and falls happen more frequently when there are no appropriate walking supports and railings throughout the facility.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a slip and fall accident, contact our slip and fall accident lawyers in Riverside with any questions. You can contact us online or by phone.

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