What are the Most Common Causes of Sidewalk Accidents in Maryland?

Though most of us don’t associate simply tripping and falling on a sidewalk with serious injuries, in many cases, the opposite is true. Thankfully, most sidewalk slip/trip and fall accidents don’t result in significant injury, but not everyone is so lucky. Continue reading and contact a knowledgeable Howard County sidewalk accident attorney from Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today to learn more about the most common causes of sidewalk accidents and how our firm can help if you’ve been wrongfully harmed in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do sidewalk accidents most frequently occur?

Sidewalk accidents most commonly occur because of unsafe sidewalk conditions. Here in Maryland, property owners are responsible for ensuring their sidewalks are safe for all pedestrians. When they fail to do so, people can sustain serious injuries as a result. Some of the most frequent causes of sidewalk accidents that we see are as follows:

  • Standing water
  • Weather-related hazards left uncleared away
  • Potholes
  • Uneven sidewalks
  • Protruding tree roots
  • Loose debris, or debris left on the sidewalk that can cause a potential slip/trip and fall accident

How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit after a sidewalk accident in MD?

In most cases, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland is three years, however, this isn’t always the case when it comes to sidewalk accidents. In some cases, such as when a sidewalk is owned by the state or a municipality, those injured will only have one year from the date their injury occurred to file a Notice of Claim. Waiting longer than one year will most likely result in the injured party permanently losing their right to sue.

For this reason, it’s always best to simply speak with an experienced Howard County personal injury attorney as soon as you can. Our legal team has decades of experience handling injury claims, including those involving sidewalk accidents, and we are here to put that experience to work for you as well. Don’t wait another day–pick up the phone and give us a call today.

Contact Our Howard County, Maryland Firm

If you or a family member has sustained serious injuries in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today. We are here to provide you with the steady and effective legal guidance you deserve.

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