The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and East Coast winters are notorious for ice storms, sleet, freezing rain, and snow storms. While these storms can be so beautiful to watch from the inside of your home or office, they are also causing catastrophic, life-altering injuries or even death to people walking outside, pedestrians, and automobile drivers. Snow, ice, or icicles falling from homes, buildings, trees, cars, trucks, or highway overpasses are causing traumatic brain injuries, skull fractures, spinal cord injuries, paraplegia, quadriplegia, chest or heart injuries, and even death. In some instances, an icicle, falling tree branch, snow avalanche, or ice slab that falls can cause more damage than a gunshot wound.
Property Owner Responsibilities
All property owners, whether they are families or businesses, have a duty to keep their property safe for other people. While property owners cannot be expected to clear snow and ice off of their property in the middle of a winter ice or snow storm, they do have a duty to do so once the snow or ice storm stops. This duty is especially present when the owner knows that snow, ice, or icicles have collected and fallen from their property in previous winter ice or snow storms. Those owners are aware of the substantial risk of failing to clear the snow and ice off of their roof. They must make sure it does not happen again or pose dangers to innocent bystanders.
State and local municipalities also have a duty of care to ensure that snow and ice do not dangerously accumulate on a bridge or highway overpass and fall down onto roads or cars. Ice and snow falling from a bridge or overpass can not only lead to a driver losing control of the vehicle trying to avoid the falling snow or ice, but can also cause ice slabs to break through windshields and seriously or fatally injure a driver or passenger.
Negligent Drivers Liable For Snow And Ice Accidents
In addition, drivers are also subjected to ice or snow slabs that are thrown off of the roofs of cars, buses, or trucks when their owners or drivers failed to clean off their roofs prior to driving. Drivers have the right to be free from the hazard of snow or ice falling onto the road, highway, or windshield from the roof of another car or truck. If you have been in a Pennsylvania ice related accident and suffered serious injury because of a fellow driver’s failure to clear ice from his or her vehicle, you are likely entitled to a recovery for injuries as a result of their negligence. In addition, a New Jersey law passed in 2010 that fines drivers for up to $1,500 when they fail to remove snow or ice off of their vehicles and it results in an injury. Many other States also have laws or ordinances in effect mandating that all drivers remove snow or ice from their roofs prior to operating their vehicle.
Experienced Slip and Fall Attorneys
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, skull fracture, spinal cord injury, paraplegia, quadriplegia, or other devastating injury following an ice, snow or icicle injury, the Philadelphia premises liability attorneys at The Beasley Firm are here to help you. We will help you obtain compensation for the thousands of dollars in medical expenses you have been forced to pay and the severe pain and suffering you have endured as a result of the careless behavior of your neighbor, a fellow driver, or the government.
The Beasley Firm has successfully evaluated cases for clients who have suffered traumatic and debilitating injuries as the result of ice or snow falling from a property, overpass, car, or truck. We believe that property owners, vehicle owners, and state or city municipalities should be held accountable for failing to endure the minor cost and inconvenience of clearing snow or ice to prevent injuries just like the one you or a loved one have suffered from. For a free, no obligation consultation, please call (888) 823-5291.