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How can I avoid getting hurt in a slip and fall accident when the light is dim?

Staying safe while trekking through stores, in restaurants, or along sidewalks can be difficult enough when lighting is bright. It’s even more challenging in the dark. Obstacles become much more treacherous; hazards are harder to see. Because of this, there should be adequate lighting provided for those who will be in the area. Failing to do so can result in an injury caused by a slip and fall accident.

The best way to prevent a slip and fall accident caused by a low-light situation is to avoid the dark area altogether. However, you may be unaware of the dark area or obstacles that may lie within. Following are some tips you can use to avoid a slip and fall accident while in low-light situations:

  • Ask for light. If you believe the area you are in is too dimly lit for you to walk safely, ask for light. Simply let the staff know that you feel unsafe walking in the dark area and ask them to turn on additional lights.
  • Let your eyes adjust. You may find yourself in a situation where you are in a dark area and must get out. Before moving forward, take a few minutes to let your eyes adjust to the low-light condition so that you can see better.
  • Ask for an escort. To ensure your safety, you may need to be escorted through the dark area. Find someone who knows the area or has a flashlight or other light sourse to guide you to safety.


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Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham