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Slip and fall accidents cause 16,000 deaths each year, many instances involving premises liability

Slip and fall accidents kill over 16,000 Americans each year, 11,000 of which are elderly people 75-years and older. Falls involving elderly people are much more dangerous. There are many ways to minimize the risks of serious slips and falls. Individuals must consider the materials and textures of their shoe bottoms as well as pedestrian walking gait. Businesses and property owners, however, also have a responsibility to ensure safety against slips and falls. Premises liability is one of the major factors in many of these injuries and deaths. It is easy for businesses to control floor maintenance and condidtions, but most falls leading to injury are caused by slips on a wet area. In instances like these, it is the land owner’s responsibility to ensure the safety of floor surfaces.