Staten Island is a world of its own. The area’s diversity and “personality” make Staten Island stimulating for locals and visitors alike. Street vendors, for example, draw many customers from the neighborhood and from other areas. These vendors sell food, flowers and more, but are vendor areas safe?
What are the top reasons for fall accidents at street vendor areas?
In most cases, street vendors pay attention to safety, but some hazards exist that could lead to slip-and-fall accidents. The state of New York requires vendors to comply with a series of safety regulations. However, circumstances like the ones below can still result in an accident:
- Spills: Spills often result in slip-and-fall accidents in any setting. Vendors selling food and drinks must always clean up spills to keep the area safe for consumers.
- Snow and ice: New York’s weather patterns include snow and ice during certain times of the year. Vendors have a responsibility to keep their areas clear of these slip-and-fall hazards.
- Security: Visiting a vendor in the dark could be hazardous. Like other licensed businesses, street vendors should make sure there is adequate lighting to help their customers avoid a dangerous fall.
- Equipment: Slip-and-fall accidents can revolve around the equipment vendors use. For example, vendors using mobile carts or trailers must ensure visitors are safe from tripping over trailer hitches and other parts of their setup.
Since some slipping and tripping accidents can result in serious head injuries, broken bones and more, victims have a right to seek financial compensation for their damages. Please continue exploring our injury web pages for additional information.