IN MIAMI, THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM SHARES INFORMATION ON FOOT INJURIES AFTER A SLIP & FALL ACCIDENT
Almost a dozen senior citizens suffered injuries after tripping and falling while walking down a local seaside street. Why? Because the sidewalk was improperly designed; with ramps and steps that were difficult to detect under poor lighting and signaling. When a sidewalk is uneven and there are no bannisters for sloped walkways, senior citizens may have difficulty detecting where it is safe to step. City engineers and public inspection services are bound by law to make sure that walking surfaces are safe for pedestrians, as well as bike riders and all those that use sidewalks. According to reports from some of the pedestrians injured and witnesses, about half way up the street, the sidewalk divided into steps and a ramp. Sadly, there was no bannister, no warning, or markings of any kind that warned of a potential safety hazard for the pedestrians making their way towards the fork in the road. Witnesses say that they could see some elderly women slipping toppling over as they took their first couple of steps onto the divide. There is no footage available, but several ambulances and rideshare services were used to transport the injured pedestrians to local hospitals and clinics. The pedestrian accident victims suffered diverse injuries.