New Jersey has just been hit with a lot of snow, and the temperature will only continue to drop as the winter months progress. As a result, snow and ice accidents will increase. If you are injured in a snow and ice accident, you can become seriously injured. If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may deserve compensation. Read on to learn more about snow and ice accidents in New Jersey and what you should do in the event of an injury.
Who is Responsible for a Snow and Ice Accident?
In New Jersey, property owners are responsible for keeping their properties safe. This applies to homeowners, businesses, shops, and municipal buildings. So, if you slip and fall on the sidewalk in front of someone’s house, the owner of the home may be held responsible for your accident. There is a window of time after a snow or rainfall event in which property owners must clean their property of any snow or ice. This window of time varies by municipality, so contact our firm to discuss whether your accident occurred outside this window of time.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
In order to prove that negligence occurred, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof. This may include taking photos and videos of the hazardous conditions which caused your accident. Additionally, you should gather the contact information of any witnesses who saw the injury occur. A skilled personal injury attorney may be able to collect further evidence, such as security camera footage or police reports.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you wish to take legal action, you will have to make sure you file your personal injury claim within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for a personal injury claim in New Jersey is generally two years. This means if you fail to file within two years from the date of the accident, you will likely lose your chance to recover compensation. To avoid missing any deadlines, contact a New Jersey personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a snow and ice accident, contact our firm to speak with an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney.
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Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt due to another party’s negligence. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today.