When you get up in the morning, you may already have a plan for your day. If you need to go out somewhere, you may have the desire to get up early, get to your destination, complete the intended task and get back home. Of course, even the most organized and determined person cannot account for unexpected events that may happen during the course of the day.
One of the most serious unexpected events that could occur is an accident that leads to you suffering injuries. Even if your outing does not involve any activities that you would consider particularly dangerous, you could end up hurt even just walking from your car to a store.
Outdoor fall hazards
Unfortunately, store owners and operators do not always keep their property as safe as they should. Though they have a responsibility under law to keep the premises reasonably free from dangerous hazards, some parties may ignore issues or possibly even brush off hazards by thinking the problem would not cause anyone harm. However, many hazards could result in patrons like you slipping, tripping, and falling and suffering injuries.
Some outdoor hazards that could easily trip you up include the following examples:
- Some store owners may ignore issues with sidewalks, such as when they crack, buckle or are uneven. Any of these problems could easily cause you to fall, and you may have the ability to hold the store owner or operator responsible for your injuries.
- If your outing did not take place until after dark, you could end up injured if the store or another place you visit does not have enough outdoor lighting. You may not have the ability to see hazards ahead of you, such as a sudden change from a flat surface to a step, and could fall as a result.
- Much like sidewalks, parking lots can also pose hazards to patrons trying to get from their cars to the store due to potholes, abrupt height changes or other issues.
Of course, these examples are only a few of the hazards that could put you at risk of suffering injuries in a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident.
What can you do?
If you do suffer injuries in such an event, you may need information on who you could hold liable for your injuries and how you could pursue compensation. Fortunately, you could utilize local Texas legal resources to gain reliable information regarding your available options.