Winter brings snowstorms and blizzards to Newburgh every year, which in
turn bring snow and black ice. These elements make the perfect storm for a
slip and fall accident. So what kinds of injuries are typically sustained during black ice and
who is liable?
Newburgh slip and fall attorneys know that black ice can be a pedestrian’s worst nightmare. After
a snowfall, snow and ice eventually melt and under certain conditions,
create a pool of water that later freezes again. The result- black ice.
Gutter systems that are not properly designed or incorrectly positioned
are conducive to such water accumulation. Negligent snow removal practices
as well as inadequate drainage systems on sidewalks and walkways contribute
to the formation of black ice.
Due to its transparency, black ice is not easily seen. Black ice can be
found outdoors on sidewalks, walkways, stairways and parking lots. Falling
on black ice on the premises of a commercial establishment or public place
is not uncommon. Accidents can occur at a shopping mall, restaurant, hotel
and apartment buildings.
Serious injuries can result from tripping and falling on the hard surface
of black ice. Broken bones and fractures are not the worst of it. Injuries
to the back, neck, and spinal cord can occur. The brain can also be adversely
impacted and fatal injuries can result. If you or a loved one has experienced
serious injuries from slipping and falling on black ice, you should contact a
knowledgeable and experienced Newburgh attorney immediately.
Liable parties to slip and fall injuries caused by black ice depends on
who the owner of the property is. Property owners could be private owners
of residential property, business owners of commercial property, and government
entities. Liability is also established by proving that the owners were
negligent in maintaining the premises.
Landowners have a duty to inspect areas for dangers that could result in
slip and fall injuries. Failing to remove known dangers or providing adequate notice that subsequently
caused injuries to another person can result in a claim for negligence.
For example, failing to salt the pavements where there is a lot of foot
traffic or posting a sign warning of black ice is an example of not properly
maintaining the premises.
Learn more about issues with slip and fall accidents on snow and ice in
our latest article available by clicking here. Read about how to successfully prove your slip and fall case in
our blog post available here. Learn more about premise liability and snow-covered sidewalks in
our blog post available here.
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