Winter Walking Can Be Tricky

Falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injury in the United States. Unsurprisingly, winter snow and ice ramp up the numbers. 

What Are the Slip and Fall Laws?

Typically, property owners (home and business) have a duty to maintain safe premises for those who use their sidewalks, walkways, and parking lots. In the winter, that generally includes snow/ice removal and salting within a reasonable amount of time, which is often spelled out by local ordinances. Property owners who fail to comply could be held liable for injuries. 

A few states, however, abide by a “natural accumulation” rule, which exempts property owners from liability for fall injuries resulting from natural snow and ice accumulation—as long as the owner didn’t interfere with or alter the natural accumulation in some way, and no abnormal danger existed. Property owners could be held liable for “unnatural accumulations,” such as a leaky downspout that contributes to icy walkways.

The general public is also responsible for exercising reasonable care. For example, paying attention or taking an available, safer-looking route is a good start. Injured pedestrians or visitors who failed to exercise reasonable care could see potential compensation reduced or eliminated entirely. 

Cases involving injuries from falls on government property are more complex. Like other property owners, the government (local, state, and federal) has a duty to maintain safe premises for guests and pedestrians. However, there are stricter procedures for filing a claim and a narrower window of time to kick off the process.

An Experienced Attorney Can Help After A Fall

Sometimes, even the safest drivers can find themselves involved in an accident due to the behavior of an aggressive driver. In those situations, the aggressive driver can be held responsible and made to pay for your medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

In Alaska, accident victims can rely on attorney Ben Crittenden to help. As a personal injury lawyer, Ben has worked hard to make sure his clients’ voices are heard and they are able to obtain the maximum amount of compensation. Every accident victim deserves the chance to recover as fully as possible, and Ben is here to help you meet that goal.Take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page, or request a free copy of Ben’s bookA Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, to learn more about your rights.

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