If you were hurt in a slip and fall accident on a sidewalk, it might have been due to another party’s negligence. Who could be liable to compensate you?

Major Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents on Sidewalks

There are many places where a person can be injured in a slip and fall accident, and a common one is when walking on a sidewalk in Seattle. Victims can suffer serious injuries, like broken bones, back, and spinal injuries, and traumatic brain injury, when they suddenly fall on the hard sidewalk asphalt. They may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, but determining the liable party can be complicated.

How Do Slip and Fall Accidents Occur on Sidewalks?

People slip, fall, or trip on a sidewalk for a variety of reasons. However, here are the most common reasons for these accidents:

  • Lack of maintenance. Sidewalks require regular maintenance and repair due to damage caused by high traffic and exposure to weather conditions. Cracks and other damage to sidewalks can pose a serious hazard to those walking on them. However, repairs can be expensive, and an owner might delay correcting them because of this—until someone is hurt.
  • Uneven sections. When sections of sidewalk become uneven over time or due to trees and vegetation pushing up on the slabs, they can become a tripping hazard to unsuspecting pedestrians.
  • Vegetation and trees. When trees, grass, and landscaping are located near a sidewalk and not maintained, they can encroach onto the sidewalk or tree roots can push up between sidewalk cracks, endangering those who must use the sidewalk.
  • Weather. Weather conditions, like ice, snow, and rain, can make sidewalks treacherous. Property owners have a duty to reduce the dangers, such as by removing accumulations of snow and ice. They can be held liable when they fail to do so and a pedestrian is injured.

Who Could Be Liable in a Seattle Slip and Fall Accident?

The property owner or whoever is responsible for maintaining the sidewalk would be responsible for compensating a victim of a slip and fall accident caused by their negligence. Determining the liable party may be more complicated when the property is a business or other commercial property. In some cases, a retail store or other business may lease property from another owner and assume responsibility for maintaining the sidewalk or at least keeping it free of snow, ice, and rain. In public areas, a city, county, or state government could have the duty to keep a sidewalk in a safe condition.

If you were injured in a slip and fall accident on a sidewalk in the Seattle area, you need the assistance of an experienced slip and fall accident attorney who can determine the at-fault party and prove their negligence in causing your fall. To find out more about your legal rights to compensation for your injuries, call our Bellevue office to schedule your free consultation today.


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