As the months get colder, snow & ice accidents in Maryland become more and more frequent. Sidewalks, parking lots, and stairways can become extremely hazardous if not properly maintained. If your property is not safe for walkers, you may be held responsible for any injuries that occur on your grounds. Read on to find out how to protect yourself and those around you when it comes to snow & ice accidents.
Who is Held Responsible for a Snow & Ice Accident?
If you own property in Maryland, you are required to keep it safe. This applies to residents, stores, companies, and municipal buildings. There is a certain period of time after a snow or rainfall event in which you must clean your property of snow and ice. If someone is injured on your property outside this window of time, you may be held responsible. This window of time differs between municipalities.
Property Owner Snow & Ice Safety Precautions
If you are a property owner in Maryland, it is important to familiarize yourself with the laws and have a plan to keep your property safe this winter. Some precautions you can take include:
- Have a plan
- Keep an eye on the weather for rain and snow. Make sure you have the tools you will need to keep your property safe. This may include shovels, salt, gloves and more.
- Have a backup plan
- If you are out of town, make sure you can hire someone to clear your property for you, or ask a neighbor to help you out.
- Know the rules
- Familiarize yourself with the laws of your municipality so you can clean your property within the designated window of time.
- Consider your options
- If you are unable to remove snow & ice from your property on your own, it may be in your best interest to hire a service to do the job for you.
What if Someone is Injured on My Property Due to Snow or Ice?
If someone is injured on your property due to snow or ice due to your negligence, you may be held responsible. If an injury occurs, it is important to retain a knowledgeable lawyer to discuss your case and your possible options.
At Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates, we know that accidents happen. If someone is injured on your property, please do not hesitate to reach out.
For strong legal representation after an accident case, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates. Our firm has over 30 years of experience guiding clients through the claims process, whether the accident took place on municipal or private property. Our team will thoroughly investigate your legal matter, compassionately guide you through your options, and zealously fight for your future. Our consultations are always free and we don’t win unless you do. To discuss your incident with an effective Columbia personal injury law firm, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today.