In the winter, snow & ice accidents are a common occurrence. Read on for more information regarding snow & ice accidents in Maryland and what to do in the event that an accident occurs.
How Do Snow & Ice Accidents Occur?
Snow and ice accidents can occur anywhere there is ice. A slippery surface can become incredibly dangerous. But, the most common places slip and falls occur include stairways, parking lots, and driveways.
Who is Responsible for a Snow & Ice Accident?
In Maryland, property owners are legally responsible for keeping their properties maintained. This applies to homes, businesses, stores, and municipal properties. So, if you slip and fall on the sidewalk in front of a house, the homeowner may be responsible for your accident. Property owners must have their properties cleared of snow and ice after a snow or rainfall event, and this must be done within a certain amount of time. This window of time differs by municipality, so contact our firm to discuss whether your accident occurred outside of this grace period.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to do so, you will want to take the following steps.
- Seek medical attention. Go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care clinic. While there, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents. This can be helpful when it comes to documenting the origin and extent of your injuries.
- Document the scene. Make sure to take photos and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident.
- Obtain witness contacts. If someone saw your accident occurred, obtain their name and number if possible. This can come in handy when it comes to witness testimony.
- Contact a skilled personal injury attorney. An attorney may be able to provide further proof of negligence, including police reports and security footage. He or she will also ensure that you file your personal injury claim on time.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a snow & ice accident in Maryland, contact our firm today to discuss your case.
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