Slip-and-fall accidents occur at seemingly random and unexpected times
to victims that often suffer serious and life-altering injuries, but these
accidents are actually caused by definable factors that come from the
types of surfaces that people walk on. When walking, friction and surface
roughness keep us stable and safe from slipping, but when these factors
are removed, surfaces became much less safe to walk on. This is why ice
is so easy to slip on, as it has very little friction to keep a pedestrian
from suffering a
slip-and-fall accident. However, there are some man-made surfaces that present very real slipping hazards.
Some surfaces offer all-around slip protection, while others become much
more dangerous when exposed to certain conditions. In order to choose
the best surface for an area, surrounding conditions and dangers must
Ceramic and porcelain tiles – Very slippery, especially when wet, but can be safer when slip-resistant
treatments are applied or when created with certain textured styles.
Vinyl composition tile (VCT) – Inexpensive flooring that comes in large sheets that look like
tiling. However, it can be extremely slippery when wet and is very limited
when it comes to slip-resistant treatments.
Marble, granite, and terrazzo tiling and floors – Good friction and roughness normally, but quickly become dangerous
when wet from any liquid.
Concrete – Comes in a variety of textures and treatments. Sealed concrete
floors can be easy to clean but much slicker than normal, while broom-finished
concrete flooring has some of the highest all-around slip resistance of
In order to improve a surface’s slip resistance, treatments can be
applied to the flooring. These can include abrasive treatments (giving
the floor a grittier surface), chemical etchings (adding small ridges
that increase friction), and adding carpeting and mats. Certain polishes
and cleaners also have slip-resistance qualities, but not all of them.
Property owners are responsible for the safe conditions of their land and,
as such, are responsible for the injuries sustained due to unsafe conditions
brought on by their negligence. The
Santa Clara personal injury attorneys of Van Der Walde & Associates can help you win the compensation you
deserve for slip-and-fall accident injuries. Contact us today for a legal
consultation at (800) 900-0863.