Snowfall during the winter season may be a beautiful sight. However, its aftermath may require a lot of work. That is, snow must be cleared from Maryland roads and pedestrian walkways. This is not to mention the salt that must be put down for ice. If these weather-related conditions are not promptly rectified, then personal injury accidents are more than likely to occur. Continue reading to learn who is liable for your slip and fall and how one of the experienced Howard County snow and ice accident attorneys at Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates can help you accurately identify this negligent party.
Who is liable for my slip and fall accident from snow and ice?
You must understand that property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice from their premises almost immediately after such a weather event occurs. This is regardless of whether an individual owns a residential, commercial, or municipal property. Different municipalities throughout the state of Maryland offer different grace periods for doing so. Generally speaking, a property owner has anywhere between 12 to 72 hours from the time of a winter storm to remove snow and ice from sidewalks along their property and/or public sidewalks.
A property owner’s failure to abide by Maryland’s snow removal laws may lead to fines of as much as $100. However, if you got injured as a direct result of its snowy or icy conditions, then you may take further action by filing a slip and fall accident claim against them.
Who is at fault for my car accident during snowy or icy conditions?
Your municipality may be put in charge of clearing snow and ice from its public streets when impending weather forecasts call for snow plows or salting of roads. So in the event of a car accident, you may blame your municipality for failing to properly respond to the inclement weather conditions.
However, you also may consider holding another driver liable if they were driving negligently at a time when winter driving hazards were present. For example, another driver may have been speeding well above the enforced speed limit at a time when visibility was low. Also at this time of poor visibility, they may have been driving without headlights or spraying the uncleared snow from their vehicles onto others. Lastly, another driver may have been tailgating, or otherwise driving aggressively, at a time when loss of traction and brake failure were likely.
If any of the aforementioned examples apply to you, then you may proceed with placing a car accident claim against the negligent driver. You should not go through these complex legal proceedings alone. Rather, you should have one of the skilled Howard County slip and fall accident attorneys from Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates stand by your side throughout. Contact our firm today.