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When Parking Lots Become Skating Rinks

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A few millimeters of frozen water is all it takes to transform a concrete or asphalt parking lot into a skating rink. As individuals exit their vehicles and attempt to traverse across the icy surface, it can cause serious slip and fall injuries.

"Winter weather can create hazardous conditions on parking lots and sidewalks that are exposed to the elements. Weather conditions combined with poor lighting or snow cover can make avoiding ice difficult. Every year, icy parking lots send thousands of people to the emergency room with concussions, serious brain injuries, broken bones, and other injuries," remarked Tennessee slip and fall attorney Tony Seaton.

Parking lot maintenance is the responsibility of the property owner and their property manager(s). In Tennessee, this is true whether it's a commercial parking lot, receives customers at a shopping center, or provides parking for workers within an office building.

"Most slip and fall accidents on icy parking lots occur early in the morning hours, or towards 5 pm. These are the times when ice is least visible. These are also the times when icy parking lots receive the most foot traffic," commented Tennessee slip and fall attorney Tony Seaton.

To reduce the possibility of slipping and falling on ice within slippery parking lots, individuals should wear proper footwear and avoid traveling through parking lots that are not well lit or maintained. Individuals should also pay attention to freeze/thaw cycles as these can increase the amount of ice that may be present.

With winter's icy grasp firmly clutching much of the country this week, slip and fall accidents are certain to increase. For example, dozens of people were sent to hospitals in Kansas after suffering slips and falls during in the latest storm. With rain, sleet, and cold temperatures forecast for Tennessee over the coming week, Johnson City residents should use extra caution to ensure they don't end up in the emergency room.

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