Snow Removal Facts and Tips
Winters in Connecticut are certainly beautiful, but they are also a source of additional work for homeowners and those who are responsible for properties. When snow falls and ice accumulates on sidewalks, driveways and parking lot surfaces, you need to know what your responsibilities are for its removal, as well as what the best ways are to take care of it. Taking care of your property’s snow removal is an important responsibility, and failure to do your part can lead to more than just your neighbors being denied. If you are careless or negligent in addressing dangerous conditions, then you might find yourself on the wrong end of a slip and fall lawsuit. Slip and fall accidents are more than just pratfalls: they can lead to serious and debilitating injuries, and can sometimes even be fatal. Here are some snow removal facts and tips that will help you understand what you need to do to avoid being accused of negligence.
The state of Connecticut’s laws say that anybody who owns a property, or who is the occupant or person in charge of the property, must keep its sidewalks clear of snow, ice and sleet within six hours after a storm has stopped. If the storm occurred during the evening hours, then the responsible person has to get rid of the accumulation before noon of the next day. Some municipalities may have shorter or longer deadlines for addressing the issue, so if you’re not sure about your specific town’s rules, it is a good idea to check. The person responsible for the party also has the duty of making sure that pedestrians are able to walk on the sidewalks safely by putting down sand or another material designed to keep ice from forming, or where the snow or ice have not been able to be removed. The same is true of any paved gutter so that water can easily flow to the storm drains.
The state has the right to impose a penalty or fine of $99 for failure to comply. Even more importantly, the state’s laws clearly state that if a property owner or the person responsible for a property fail in these duties, they assume legal liability for anybody who is injured as a result of their negligence. The only way that they can escape liability if they have been negligent in these duties is if the injured person fails to file a lawsuit within the two-year statute of limitations imposed by the state.
We’d all rather stay inside where it’s warm and dry when bad weather strikes, but those of us who own our own homes or businesses or who are responsible for a property do not have that luxury. Making sure that your premises are cleared of ice and snow helps you avoid premises liability lawsuits for slip and fall accidents.
If you have been hurt because somebody failed in this responsibility, contact the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers.