This winter, New Yorkers will not be deterred by the harsh weather. In fact, winter in New York is a hub of activity for residents and tourists alike. Visitors come from all over to ice skate, see the tree, and witness the extravagantly decorated window displays. Because New York City streets will be crowded with walkers, it is important to keep the streets, sidewalks, and storefronts safe for pedestrians. Here is what property owners need to know in order to protect themselves, and others, from snow and ice accidents this winter.
Who is Held Responsible For Snow & Ice Accidents?
In New York City, property owners are legally responsible for keeping their grounds safe. This applies to residents, stores, businesses, and municipal properties. So, if you own an apartment building, and someone falls and injures themselves on the sidewalk in front of your building, you may be held responsible. After a snow or rainfall event, NYC property owners must clean their grounds of snow and ice within a certain window of time. This window differs by municipality, so it is important to know the rules for yours. If you are unsure whether an accident occurred on your property outside this window of time, contact our firm to discuss your case.
Snow & Ice Safety Precautions
- Know the rules
- Familiarize yourself with the laws of your municipality so you can ensure your property is cleaned within the designated timeframe.
- Be prepared
- Keep an eye on the weather for rain and snow. Make sure you have the tools you will need to keep your property clean. These tools may include shovels, a snowblower, salt, gloves, and more.
- Have a backup plan
- It is important to have a plan in case you are unable to remove snow and ice from your property. For example, if you are going to be out of town, make sure to hire a service or ask a neighbor for a favor.
- Consider your options
- If you are unable to remove snow and ice from your property on your own, it may be in your best interest to hire a service. Make sure to research and find what option is best for you and your property.
What if Someone is Injured on My Property?
If someone is injured on your property, it is important to reach out to a skilled lawyer. If an injury occurred due to your negligence, you may be held responsible.
Contact Katter Law Firm
A personal injury accident can have a great impact on your life and your bank account. At Katter Law Firm, we believe that everyone should be held liable for his or her own negligence; you should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s mistakes. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, visit us online or call us today!