Common Personal Injury Claims in October: A Guide by Basch & Keegan, LLP

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October in New York State (NYS) is a beautiful and vibrant time of the year, but it also presents unique challenges that can result in personal injury incidents. As the team at Basch & Keegan, LLP, we understand the diverse range of accidents and injuries that can occur during this season. In this blog, we will shed light on common personal injury claims that tend to happen in October across NYS, helping individuals be informed and proactive about their rights and legal options.

  1. Slip and Fall Accidents

The arrival of fall brings picturesque landscapes, but it also means falling leaves, rain, and sometimes early frost, making surfaces slippery and hazardous. Slip and fall accidents can occur on wet leaves, icy sidewalks, or uneven pavements, often leading to injuries like fractures, sprains, or head trauma.

  1. Motor Vehicle Accidents

Changing weather conditions in October can affect road conditions, especially in northern parts of NYS where early frost and potential ice patches become a concern. Reduced daylight hours can also impact visibility, leading to an increase in motor vehicle accidents. Common injuries from these accidents include whiplash, broken bones, and more severe injuries.

  1. Pedestrian Accidents

With pleasant autumn weather, many individuals choose to walk or run outdoors. However, the changing light and inclement weather can pose risks to pedestrians. Drivers may have difficulty seeing pedestrians due to decreased visibility, potentially resulting in accidents and serious injuries.

  1. Bicycle Accidents

Cycling is a popular activity in the fall, but it comes with risks, including accidents caused by slippery roads due to rain or frost. Bicycle accidents can lead to severe injuries like head trauma, spinal cord injuries, and fractures.

  1. Injuries from Sports and Recreational Activities

October is a prime time for various sports and recreational activities, such as football, soccer, hiking, and biking. Accidents during these activities can result in fractures, concussions, or other injuries. Liability can often be attributed to inadequate safety measures, improper equipment, or negligent supervision.

  1. Construction Accidents

Construction projects often continue throughout the fall. The seasonal changes, including rain and sometimes early frost, can create hazardous conditions at construction sites. Workers are at risk of slip and fall accidents, equipment malfunctions, falling debris, or other injuries related to construction activities.

Legal Steps to Take Following an Injury

If you've been injured in any of these common personal injury incidents during October in New York State, here are important steps to take:

  1. Seek immediate medical attention and document your injuries.
  2. Report the incident to the relevant authorities and gather evidence at the scene.
  3. Preserve any relevant records, such as medical reports, accident reports, and witness statements.
  4. Consult a reputable personal injury attorney, like the team at Basch & Keegan, LLP, to evaluate your case and guide you through the legal process.

Basch & Keegan is Here to Help After an Accident or Injury

October in New York State is a beautiful but challenging time, bringing forth unique personal injury risks. Understanding these potential risks and being proactive about safety can significantly reduce the likelihood of accidents. Should you find yourself injured due to someone else's negligence, don't hesitate to seek legal assistance to protect your rights and pursue fair compensation for your injuries. At Basch & Keegan, LLP, we are Here to Help you through these challenging times.

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