Being a kid, there is no greater joy in the world than waking up on a school morning to a foot of fresh snow on the ground. To a parent, there is no greater aggravation, unless your occupation is as a plow driver or professional skier. For the majority of us, however, snow means shoveling, salting, scraping, and plenty of headaches on the road. On top of that, failing to shovel could lead to some serious consequences.
Many local municipalities have enacted laws that require property owners and/or residents to remove snow and ice from sidewalks within certain periods of time. Below are a few local codes requiring property owners or occupants to remove snow:
- Albany requires property owners or occupants to remove snow and ice within 24 hours following the end of a snowstorm. Albany City Code § 323-21 – Snow and ice removal from sidewalks and streets.
- Troy requires property owners or occupants to remove all snow and ice before 10:00 a.m. the next day following a storm. Troy City Code § 251-10 – Removal of snow and ice.
- Schenectady, requires property owners or occupants to remove snow and ice within 24 hours following the end of a snowstorm. Schenectady City Code § 228-17 – Snow, ice, and dirt removal responsibility.
Failing to to clear sidewalks and driveways of snow and ice can lead to fines levied by the municipality. Worse than a fine, a property owner who does not clear snow and ice can face civil liability if someone is seriously injured because of a slip and fall.
In New York State, under the theory of premises liability, property owners are responsible for taking care of their property and removing hazards. This includes snow and ice that have built up on sidewalks and driveways. If someone slips and falls on an icy sidewalk, the property owner is responsible for the injuries that person sustains as a result of the property owner’s negligence.
We are conscious about the community we live in and strive to make it a better and safer place to live. At LaMarche Safranko Law, we file claims against people who violate community safety rules and as a result, cause injuries to others; we file lawsuits against property owners who choose not to properly care for their property and as a result, cause injury to others.
If you have been injured as a result of a slip and fall incident, give us a call.