Snow and ice accidents are incredibly common. During the colder months, normal surfaces become icy and dangerous, and even walking down the sidewalk can feel perilous. As a result, it is important to know what to do in the event that a snow & ice accident occurs. Read on for more information regarding snow & ice accidents in New Jersey.
Who is Responsible for Snow & Ice Accidents?
In New Jersey, property owners are responsible for keeping their properties safe. This applies to homes, shops, businesses, and municipal buildings. If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. This means that if you slip and fall on the sidewalk in front of a house, the homeowner may be held responsible for any injuries you incur. But, it is important to know that property owners have a certain amount of time after a rain or snowfall event by which they must clean their properties of snow and ice. This window of time differs by municipality, so contact our firm to discuss whether your accident occurred outside of this grace period.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you will have to provide proof that this negligence occurred. To do so, you should take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. Additionally, make sure to seek medical attention in order to document the origin and extent of your injuries. If any bystanders saw your accident occur, obtain their contact information as they may be able to provide witness statements.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
If you are injured, taking legal action may be the last thing on your mind. But, it is important that you do not wait too long to begin the process. This is because claims must be filed within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years. This means that if you fail to file within two years from the date of the accident, you may lose your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve. Make sure to contact a skilled personal injury attorney to avoid missing any important deadlines.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a snow & ice accident in New Jersey, contact our firm today to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We are here to walk you through all of your personal injury matters.
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