Most Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Falls are one of the most common causes of injury. Millions of people suffer injuries from falling every year. A slip and fall accident can happen anywhere. Whether a slip and fall occurs at a business, in a private home, on a sidewalk, or in a parking lot, there are some common causes of these accidents.

Slippery Surfaces

Slippery surfaces caused by spills, leaks, or cleaning supplies can often result in a slip and fall accident. Property owners and businesses have a duty to ensure that spills and other slippery conditions are remedied as soon as they are made aware of the condition. They should also block off slippery areas and warn visitors of the dangerous condition.


Debris such as inventory, cords, boxes, or clothing items on a floor can cause a slip and fall accident. Businesses and property owners should keep walking areas clear from debris or to properly mark areas that may be dangerous. Obstacles should be kept out of aisles and walkways, especially in high traffic areas.

Uneven Surfaces

Uneven surfaces such as cracked pavement, broken flooring, and torn carpeting can lead to serious falls. Cracks and uneven surfaces should be repaired as soon as possible, and warning signs should be put in place until these repairs can be made.

Poor Lighting

Walkways and aisles that are not properly lit can lead to someone slipping and falling. Without proper lighting, a slip and fall victim may not see objects in the walkway or the presence of liquid on the floor. Businesses and property owners should ensure that all areas of the property are well-lit and that those areas with poor lighting don’t contain any obstacles.

Dangerous Staircases

One of the most dangerous causes of slip and fall accidents are staircases that are unsafe. Broken or missing handrails, slippery steps, broken steps, and uneven steps can all cause falls that lead to serious injuries.

Contact an Experienced Slip and Fall Attorney 

If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may want the help of an experienced Tampa Bay slip and fall attorney. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, our attorneys have been helping fall victims pursue compensation for over 30 years. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.