Serious injuries can result from broken, cracked, or otherwise dangerous city sidewalks. Depending on the hazard, people may trip or slip and fall, leading to hip and back injuries, bone fractures, head trauma, and more. Property owners are required to maintain sidewalks so as not to endanger pedestrians. When they do not, the attorneys at Basch & Keegan are here to hold responsible parties accountable for their negligence.
Poorly Maintained Sidewalks Are Hazardous for Pedestrians
Commercial and residential property owners are required by New York law to maintain sidewalks in reasonable condition and remove hazards to prevent slips and trip and fall accidents. Unfortunately, however, sidewalk hazards are often ignored or overlooked, creating dangerous situations for pedestrians. Sidewalk accidents may be caused by:
- Uneven pavement
- Large cracks
- Loose brick walkways
- Buckling caused by tree roots
- Damaged metal sidewalk gratings
- Failure to properly remove snow or ice
- Poorly performed sidewalk repairs
- Gas caps or utility caps sticking up from the sidewalk
- Lack of warnings or caution signs in work zones
In order to recover damages in a sidewalk accident case, you must prove there is a known dangerous condition, and that the condition presents an unreasonable risk to people using the sidewalk. You must also show the risk isn’t obvious, which means you had no duty to notice and avoid the hazard.
Knowledge of a dangerous sidewalk condition is established by proving (1) the property owner created the condition, or (2) knew the condition existed and failed to correct it, or (3) the condition existed for so long that it should’ve been discovered and fixed prior to the accident.
Children and the Elderly Are Especially Vulnerable to Sidewalk Accidents
Unfortunately, senior citizens, children, disabled people, mothers with strollers, and others with mobility challenges are most likely to be the victims of sidewalk accidents. These are also the people who may find it the most challenging to assert their rights and bring a personal injury lawsuit. If you know someone who has fallen on a Kingston-area sidewalk, tell them about Basch & Keegan.
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We believe it’s important for property owners to maintain safe sidewalks for Hudson Valley pedestrians. If you or someone you love has been injured in a sidewalk accident, contact Basch & Keegan today for a free initial consultation. An attorney will meet with you in your home or hospital room if you’re recovering from an injury and cannot make it out to our offices in Kingston.