Winter Weather Brings Increased Liability
This winter has been particularly harsh for New Jersey residents. Our roadways are covered in ice, the sidewalks are blanketed in snow, and newly cleared driveways can get covered with snow and slippery before homeowners even finish shoveling. These conditions pose severe injury risks as well as potential liability issues.
New Jersey homeowners can be held liable for the slip-and-fall accidents that occur on their premises. It is the responsibility of property owners to prevent slip-and-fall accidents during the winter by keeping sidewalks, driveways, and walkways clean and clear of ice and snow. Many New Jersey municipalities even have specific laws and ordinances regarding snow shoveling and premises liability in the wintertime.
According to reporting in The Star Ledger, there are many ordinances throughout New Jersey that requires homeowners to keep their property safe during the winter. In Roselle Park, the city will bill business owners and homeowners alike if public work employees have to clear snow off their property. In Chatham Township, you are not allowed to shovel snow onto your neighbor’s property. In towns such as Edison, Bridgewater, and Somerville, property owners must remove snow from the sidewalks between 12 and 24 hours after a storm or face substantial fines.
If you own property in New Jersey, you should take the time to learn about the local ordinances that affect your responsibility to shovel and salt your walkways. You should also clear your property of snow as soon as possible after a storm.
If you were injured as the result of a slip-and-fall accident, you may be able to receive financial compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses. The experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein can help protect your rights and ensure that you are fairly compensated for all your losses. Please contact us for a free and comprehensive consultation.
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