Unsafe Roads and Sidewalks
Unsafe Roads and Sidewalk Attorney | St. Louis
Property owners must typically keep the public sidewalks in front of their property clean and safe, and to maintain their premises so as not to pose a danger to members of the public who are passing on a public street or sidewalk.
If the property owner is a city or municipality and you are injured on the street or sidewalk, you must often notify the city of your injury within a few days or you will not be able to recover for your injuries.
Premises Liability for Unsafe Roads: Employers
If an employee is injured at work on the employer’s premises, Workers’ Compensation law typically applies rather Premises Liability.
Roads may contain defects which are unnoticeable to the human eye yet can cause a serious accident when encountered in precisely the wrong way by an unsuspecting vehicle.
Premises Liability: St. Louis Security
The failure of businesses such as malls, apartment houses, hotels and motels, restaurants, etc. to implement reasonable and ordinary security measures or warn patrons about dangerous criminal activity on the property, may leave them liable for injuries caused by criminals.
As a general rule, business proprietors are not liable for crime occurring on their property. However, if there has been a pattern of crime on and about the business property, or if the nature of the business makes it peculiarly susceptible to criminal activity, the law will impose a duty to implement reasonable security measures to prevent or deter future crimes. This may include increased or better lighting, security guards, better or additional locks, perimeter protection and overall improved maintenance of the business property. A breach of this duty is negligence.
You should not have to watch for safety hazards in publicly accessible places. If you have questions, contact The Farris Law Firm at 314-A-LAWYER (252-9937) today for a free consultation.
About the author, S.E. Farris
Spencer Farris is a personal injury lawyer at The S.E. Farris Law Firm in St. Louis, Missouri. See his profile on Google+