In the cold winters, premises owners have a responsibility to take reasonable action in order to ensure that their property is safe for all that visit it, no matter the weather. Unfortunately, however, many property owners and business owners fail to prepare adequately for the adverse weather conditions.
Accidents can happen anywhere, and many of them are caused by nothing but sheer bad luck. However, it can feel very frustrating and unfair when you know that a profitable business caused your painful and inconvenient injury through negligence.
In a traditional car, it is taken for granted that as the driver of the vehicle, you are responsible for how it behaves on the road, assuming it is in full working order. Therefore, if you collide with another car when it could have reasonably been avoided in this situation, or if you drive well above the speed limit, then it would be quite clear that you are to blame, and therefore, liable.
When you order a drink at a bar, you will likely have faith that the bartender will be serving the drink that you requested, and the correct quantity of it, too. It is likely that you will also expect it to be safe to consume. There are instances however when this is not the case.
Even when we are careful and responsible individuals, accidents can happen even when we least expect it. Often these accidents also occur through no fault of our own. This is especially true when it comes to slippery, hazardous or wet floors on public properties.
When you get injured on somebody else's property, it can be confusing to know how the law works and whether you have a claim.
Shopping environments such as malls and department stores can get extremely busy and hectic, especially around the holidays. It is common for stores to employ more workers for these busy periods so that they can prevent long lines and overcrowded stores. They also have a responsibility to hire more staff to ensure that their environment is a safe one and nobody injures themselves on their property.
When you are present on a private property as an "invitee" this means that the owner of the property has explicitly or implicitly invited you onto his or her property. Legally, this means that they should carry out all reasonable steps to ensure that you are safe and protected from harm when you are on the property.
It's common for wet floors to be present in all types of public spaces, from public bathrooms to shopping malls to offices. When there is a wet floor because of a spillage or from cleaning activities, it is required for wet floor signs to be present to alert people. This is intended to prevent a slip-and-fall accident from taking place.
In colder weather, it can be a hazard to walk about on the icy streets, but it's something that we have no choice but to do in order to get from a to b. Occasionally there will be patches of streets that have not been salted or cleared in any way. It is as though whoever is responsible for the driveway or sidewalk was just waiting for an accident to happen, and it will be seen by many as sheer negligence. So when a person does fall on an icy street, who is to blame for the injuries that they suffer?