The dangerous blizzard that just struck our area may create hazardous conditions on the roads and sidewalks. Now that the storm has passed, property owners have a legal duty to keep their sidewalks and driveways free and clear of ice and snow. A failure to maintain a property in a safe manner could cause the property owner to be responsible for any injuries sustained on their property.
Additionally, property owners who hire contractors to remove snow and ice should inspect their properties after the snow removal has taken place. A failure to inspect the contractor’s work may result in liability on the part of the owner.
Sliding on snow and ice while operating a motor vehicle is generally not a defense if an accident occurs. A driver must exercise reasonable caution when driving and consider all of the conditions of the road when driving (e.g., snow and ice). Keep a safe distance and be aware that other drivers may lose control of their vehicles and cause accidents.
If an accident occurs you need to notify the police by dialing 911. Report all accidents and remain at the scene of the accident until police arrive. Be sure to remain in a safe place and be aware of the traffic conditions. If you are injured due to a car accident, wait for an ambulance. You will be covered under No Fault Insurance for an any injuries sustained in a car accident. No Fault will cover services provided by all medical, hospital, ambulance, physical therapists, chiropractors, etc.