I remember being a child, playing outside in the winter weather. It was
quite common for all children to play on the street, sliding on ice, throwing
snowballs, and the like. It was also common for children to fall on ice.
And you know how children are; everybody laughs when a friend falls on
ice. But the fact of the matter is that slip and fall accidents are nothing
to laugh at.
experienced Newburgh slip and fall attorneys have seen black ice slip and fall victims suffer broken bones, spinal
cord injuries, neck injuries, traumatic brain injury, and even death from
falling on walking surfaces covered in hard black ice.
Black ice typically forms from snow melt. Warmer days and sunlight will
melt snow and once the sun goes down and the temperature drops again,
the melted snow freezes. This produces black ice that is especially hard
and extremely difficult to see. This is why it is so dangerous; because
the victim never saw the ice, could not prevent a fall, nor take preventative
measures to avoid a fall.
slip and fall victim is on another person’s property when the fall occurs. The property
will be either government owned, residential, or commercial. Any person
or entity owning these types of property, or those responsible for its
care, must use reasonable care in keeping visitors safe from preventable
and foreseeable harm. This is a basic tenet of
premises liability law.
Readers should know that black ice accidents are entirely preventable,
so property owners can be held liable for black ice
slip and fall accidents occurring on their property.
Black ice forms from snow melt. The snow melt can be from a snow bank,
a roof, a gutter, and anywhere that snow has accumulated. It is typical
for property owners to pile snow in inappropriate locations. It is also
typical for property owners to allow roof run off to enter upon walkways
Salting the area is the easiest way to prevent an accident. Redirecting
gutter drainage is another relatively easy fix. Even simply placing warning
signs and or blocking off the dangerous area is wholly feasible.
The bottom line is that owners who cause the danger, fail to warn of the
danger, and or fail to inspect and remediate dangers, will be liable to
slip and fall victims.
Learn about snow and ice bringing danger to pedestrians and the type of
slip and falls in the latest article from
our office available here. Learn what happens if you slip and fall on accumulated snow inour blog post available here. Read what the law is if you slip and fall on untreated ice
in our blog post here.
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injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
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