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March 2015 Archives

Slips, Trips and Falls - Sidewalk Defects - Trivial And De Minimis - Whose Responsibility Are They Really?

While property owners have a duty to exercise reasonable care not to endanger the safety of others lawfully using the sidewalks abutting their premises, generally a property owner cannot be held liable for trivial or de minimis defects in those sidewalks. This is because a property owner is not an insurer of the safety of those using sidewalks in a business invitee commercial context and is not called on to maintain the property to perfection.

Work with an attorney in seeking compensation against uninsured motorist

Insurance is clearly an important resource for any driver involved in an auto accident, whether for the driver responsible for the crash or for the victim of a crash. Going without insurance is illegal and puts one at risk of various penalties and liabilities. And as one Pennsylvania man is finding out the hard way, it does not work to buy insurance after you already need it.

Work with an experienced attorney after motor vehicle accident

In our last post, we brought up the topic of inclement weather conditions and how drivers should always remember to adjust their driving approach to meet these conditions. Clearly, if every driver did this consistently, there would be fewer accidents on our roads. Unfortunately, either because of lack of experience, recklessness, distractions, and other causes, drivers simply do not always exercise reasonable care in inclement weather conditions.

Reminder: exercise care behind the wheel, especially in slippery conditions

Readers are well aware of the uncharacteristic weather patterns this year and the way they have significantly impacted travel in some regions of the United States. Unsurprisingly, the inclemency of Mother Nature has put motorists in some regions at greater risk of motor vehicle accidents. Along with that risk, there is a greater need for motorists to take increased care on the road and to adjust their driving approach to meet the conditions in which they find themselves.

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