Winter in New York City is no joke. The chance of slipping on icy surfaces means a greater risk of broken bones, soft tissue injuries, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. As a home or business owner, you can be held responsible for injuries that result from passerby slipping on an icy sidewalk. The city required property owners to keep the sidewalks safe and free from ice and snow.
Property owners or managers may not have received an official notice regarding clearing a sidewalk, and it is assumed that the responsible parties are aware of dangers, and have proactively addressed the problem. Pedestrians should also protect themselves by looking out for their own safety. Everyone can do their part to reduce the number of slip and fall accidents this year by taking a few simple precautions.
There’s no way to entirely eliminate the risk of a slip and fall on an icy sidewalk. However, with a little foresight, you can reduce the chances of a slip and fall. Consider taking these simple measures that increase safety for yourself and others over the long winter months.