It isn’t uncommon to encounter snow, slush and ice during a typical Colorado winter. However, even if you are used to walking on slick parking lots, sidewalks or other surfaces, there is still a chance that you’ll slip or fall on them. In some cases, you may be entitled to compensation for any damages incurred after slipping or falling on an untreated surface.
Keep an eye on what’s going on above you
It isn’t uncommon for moisture to melt on a roof during the day, flow through a drainage pipe and freeze on a parking lot or sidewalk. Furthermore, there is a chance that large amounts of snow or ice could simply fall from a roof with little or no warning. In addition to creating hazardous conditions on the ground, you could be severely injured if you’re hit by falling debris.
Inadequate lighting can contribute to an accident
Your odds of slipping, tripping or falling may increase if you can’t see where you are going. This is because you might not see a patch of ice before walking on it or notice a crack in the pavement that was obscured by a pile of slush, sleet or snow. A lack of light may also cause you to run into poles, signs or other objects that might be covered by snow, slush or sleet.
Was there enough time to remove ice or snow?
Generally speaking, property owners are liable for removing snow or ice in a timely manner. However, let’s say that several inches of snowfall unexpectedly over the course of an hour or two. In such a scenario, it may not be possible to shovel, plow or otherwise get rid of the snow as quickly as it falls. This may be used as a defense in a premises liability lawsuit.
If you are injured while on someone else’s property, it may be possible to file a lawsuit against the person who owns it. An attorney may use photos, videos or witness statements to help you obtain a favorable outcome in your case.