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Injuries on the way to work: Your rights in New York

Brooklyn is a beautiful area, but it would be a lie to say that it doesn't have its dangers. Sidewalks in disrepair, rough staircases and landscaping that needs attention can all create hazards that could lead to people getting injured.

As someone hurt on a walk to work, it's a good idea to know your rights concerning your injuries. If you were injured because of a property owner's negligence, then you may have a case and be able to receive compensation to cover your losses.

There are many ways to get hurt in the area. Here are a few that you need to watch out for.

1. Traffic accidents

As a pedestrian, you don't have protection against other vehicles on the roads. As a result, if a driver isn't paying attention, you could be struck and face serious or fatal injuries. To prevent this kind of crash from impacting you, always check the roadway in both directions and stay alert no matter where you are. Drivers have been known to drive onto sidewalks and into crowds. If you're paying attention, you could save yourself or someone else.

2. Damaged walkways

With construction, sidewalks and walkways sometimes end up damaged. You could slip, trip or fall on the debris or cracks. If that happens, there's a risk of serious injuries, like head injuries or broken bones.

To avoid injuries from damaged walkways or those under construction, do your best to pay attention to the areas where you're walking. Avoid looking at your phone or being distracted.

3. Animal bites

Whenever you're around others, there's a potential to be exposed to their pets. Many dogs become leash aggressive, being more prone to attack others when they're on a leash. When approaching people with pets, ask before you pet them and keep your distance if the animal is shying away or appears aggressive. If you're concerned about a pet up ahead, cross the road for safety's sake.

With so many different ways to get hurt on your walk to work, it's always a good idea to stay off your phone and to keep your eyes open for hazards. Between vehicles, environmental hazards, people and animals, there are a multitude of risks that you need to avoid. By paying attention and staying focused on your surroundings, you can prevent serious injuries and get to work without getting hurt.

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