As we get older, we tend to be more susceptible to injury. This may lead older adults to exercise more caution which can help prevent accidents. A recent study from Purdue University reveals that young people may be more likely to have a slip and fall accident, most of which occur during everyday activities.
Purdue researchers collected data from 94 undergraduate students with an average age of 19. They conducted a daily survey asking students if they had slipped, tripped or fell in the past 24 hours. The students averaged one to two falls per week, but most were able to recover their balance. Over the four-month period, 52% of the students fell at least once, with 21% having multiple slip and fall accidents. Only 16% of these incidents resulted in an injury; four percent were serious enough to require medical attention.
NUMEROUS FACTORS MAY RESULT IN SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT
The research team looked at factors that may have contributed to the accidents. Two thirds of the slip and fall accidents occurred outdoors, but weather conditions did not seem to have a strong impact on the rate of slips. Those who engaged in more physical activity slipped more often than those whose activity levels were lighter. Substance abuse was a factor in nine percent of the falls recorded. Although research shows an increase in injuries involving texting while walking, texting contributed to only three percent of the falls in the study. Researchers reported that the act of walking in itself put people at risk for slip and fall accidents.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that falls are the third most common cause of unintentional injuries in people ages 18-35. Engaging in other activities while walking such as talking, carrying objects or reading directions is more cognitively challenging than one might think, as each task requires the use of different skills and areas of the brain. People of all ages must pay attention to avoid slip and fall accidents. Property owners can help prevent accidents by removing obstacles such as ice, uneven pavement or spills. Failing to do so can increase the risk of serious injury due to a slip and fall accident.
NEW JERSEY PREMISES LIABILITY LAWYERS AT EICHEN CRUTCHLOW ZASLOW & MCELROY, LLP ADVOCATE FOR VICTIMS OF SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, New Jersey slip and fall accident lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP are here to help. Our knowledgeable, experienced legal team will thoroughly review the facts of your case to determine who is at fault for your injury and get you the compensation you deserve. With offices conveniently located in Edison, Red Bank and Toms River, we serve clients throughout New Jersey. Call us at 732-777-0100or contact us online for a free consultation with a qualified slip and fall accident lawyer.
As we get older, we tend to be more susceptible to injury. This may lead older adults to exercise more caution which can help prevent accidents. A recent study from Purdue University reveals that young people may be more likely to have a rel=”nofollow” >slip and fall accident, most of which occur during everyday activities.