It is official; Kingston, New York and other parts of Eastern Ulster County
have been issued a winter weather advisory for Monday, November 17, 2014.
The winter storm brings with it snow, ice, and rain. Of course this does
not mean routines of life will cease. Northeasterners will carry on to
work, school, and to other places where our presence is required.
experienced Kingston slip and fall attorney also knows numerous people will slip and fall on snow and ice accumulations.
There does not need to be a lot of snow and ice in order for walking and
driving surfaces to become dangerously slick. Winter weather slip and
fall victims very quickly begin to wonder why the slippery surface upon
which they fell was not made safe. Indeed, this is a very valid thought,
and readers should know property owners and occupiers have a responsibility
to remediate slick conditions on their property. Consider the following
winter weather conditions that typically lead to
slip and fall accidents.
Unshoveled Snow Slip and Fall Injuries
Clearing snow from driveways, sidewalks, stairs, and parking lots is really
one of the easiest ways to keep surfaces safe for guests and visitors
on property. Many times, a basic shovel will get the job done well. Moreover,
there are countless snow removal contactors ready, willing, and able to
remove snow for quite reasonable costs.
Even though one cannot control the weather, a property owner can and must
control his or her property. This means, snow removal is mandatory because
it is obvious that snow can be dangerous and slippery to walk on. Additionally,
the snow removal must be done in a manner that does not create another hazard.
Experienced Kingston slip and fall attorneys know that failing to clear
snow from walk ways and stairs is a very real source of liability for
Slip and Falls on Untreated Ice
One of the scariest things that happen every winter season are falls on
icy walking surfaces. It has happened to all of us; we are simply walking
and then within a split second our legs slide out from under us and we
collide with the ground. The entire incident is over in the blink of an
eye; barely enough time to comprehend what happened. While the accident
is over so quickly, the injuries that result there from many last weeks,
months, years, or even a life time.
The important thing for slip and fall victims to realize is that they can
hold property owners accountable for injuries related to the accident.
If the owner knew, or should have known that ice was present on the premise
and did nothing to remediate the danger, the injured parties can sue for
Slipping and Falling on Black Ice:
Black ice poses a unique threat to people in Kingston. It is different
from “normal” winter ice slip and fall accidents because the
victim never saw the danger. With regular ice accumulation, pedestrians
can see the hazard and attempt to take precautionary measures, but of
course this is not possible with black ice; the very name is meant to
impart on people its invisible nature.
Just like snow and regular ice, black ice accidents are entirely preventable.
Specifically, those persons charged with caring for the property can take
simple measures to make the ground surface safe.
The Thawing and Refreezing Cycle of Water and Ice
Since winter has not arrived, it is highly likely that any snow and ice
Kingston receives this week will melt quickly, but the melt water may
not have enough time to evaporate before night time temperatures drop
below freezing and refreeze the melt water.
This thaw and refreeze process is predictable and is highly known by all
Northeasterners. Property owners are on notice that this can and will
occur and are therefore responsible to look out for and cure refrozen