What can cause sidewalk slip and fall accidents?
When individuals walk along a sidewalk, they must remain aware of their surroundings. They can be harmed if a hazard is in their way. When hazards are present on sidewalks, it can cause a slip and fall accident to occur where they become injured. This can hurt them physically and cause a financial disaster as well since they will have to pay for medical bills. Sidewalk accidents can happen due to a variety of factors that are present on these surfaces. This can include loose debris, hazardous materials and surface problems. These surfaces can become uneven due to these hazards. Weather conditions can also influence the safety of the sidewalk. Snow or ice can cause the sidewalks to become slippery and people can lose their footing quite easily. When weather conditions are involved in the accident, it can become more complicated. Weather conditions need to be addressed within an allotted time after a storm. If you took the risk and used the sidewalk before this period of time, then you may not be able to seek negligence on behalf of another party.
Who can I hold responsible for my slip and fall accident?
For most sidewalks, they are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. This means that usually store owners are responsible for clearing hazards on the sidewalk outside of their store. Property owners can include private citizens, a commercial property or municipality. When individuals fall victim to an incident on a sidewalk, they will have to prove negligence on behalf of the property owners. They can show that these individuals were supposed to keep a safe premises for pedestrians.
Can weather affect this?
During the winter time, ice and snow can cause dangerous situations for pedestrians. These weather hazards can cause people to slip and fall. These slip and fall accidents can result in broken bones, head injuries and more. Weather can play a factor in many accidents. For slip and fall accidents, weather conditions must be cleared from that surface in a certain amount of time. Most property owners are responsible for taking care of the sidewalk that is adjacent to their property.
When individuals in Las Vegas are injured due to the negligence of another party, they can turn to Lawrence C. Hill & Associates for quality legal assistance. Whether you were injured on someone else’s property, were injured by a negligent driver, or impacted by negligence in another way, we are here to help. Contact Lawrence C. Hill & Associates today to discuss your case.