Traffic rules, regulations, and laws are in place to make sure that roadways are safe for both vehicles and pedestrians. Thousands of people, however, are struck by motor vehicles every year whether they are walking, jogging or riding a bicycle. Often, pedestrians are following the laws and are crossing an intersection or obeying the traffic signals at a crosswalk when they are struck by an inattentive driver.
When accidents occur between pedestrians and motor vehicles, injuries are usually severe. A motor vehicle on average weighs 4,000 pounds. The human body is not built to withstand an impact fro the force of such a heavy object.
You are most likely to be injured in a slip and fall injury in areas trafficked by large quantities of people such as grocery stores, malls, movie theatres, businesses, sporting arenas, public bus and train stations, and parking lots. The unfortunate thing about suffering a slip and fall injury is that they are almost always preventable. You can suffer a slip and fall injury when a store fails to mop up a spill, properly monitor the bathrooms, or fails to warn of slippery surfaces during inclement weather.
Another common way you can be injured in a slip and fall injury is due to the negligent removal of snow and ice from parking lot premises, commercial premises, or residential premises. Responsibility for snow and ice injuries generally involves up to 3 entities: (1) the landowner and (2) the tenant and (3) the snow and ice removal contractor. Careless or sloppy snow and ice removal can be just as dangerous as if the snow and ice were untreated, especially in the event of a melt and refreeze. Additionally, poorly maintained gutters and pipes leak in the winter and can cause you serious injuries on the black ice accumulations that form underneath. Here at Brach Eichler, our attorneys have successfully handled numerous slip and fall cases for our clients. We understand the nuances involved in this type of litigation and never hesitate to hire the top experts in professional engineering, architecture, snow and ice removal and meteorology to prove your case! The results speak for themselves: $600,000.00 recovery for a woman who slipped and fell on a poorly maintained sidewalk after a snowstorm requiring surgery; $500,000.00 recovery for a man who slipped and fell in an office bathroom requiring serious back surgery; $300,000.00 recovery for a man who slipped and fell into a swimming pool at a house party requiring knee surgery.
When a landowner or possessor fails to repair or warn you of a dangerous condition, you can be seriously and permanently injured. A dangerous condition could be any thing or object that causes you injury while on a property that is not your own. Examples of dangerous conditions include: cracked or broken stairs and sidewalks, hazardous holes, mangled carpet, any type of slippery substance including water, snow and ice, dark and poorly lighted areas, objects such tools and other construction materials, and improperly secured merchandise that can fall and cause injury to shoppers. We understand that even the most careful pedestrians suffer injury due to the negligence of others. Let the attorneys at Brach Eichler help you achieve the result your case deserves.