Most of us have slipped on snow or ice before. If we were lucky, we moved on with little more than soreness. But many people who slip and fall in these conditions suffer serious injuries, from broken bones to brain damage. If you have been seriously injured by slipping and falling on an icy or snowy sidewalk, you may feel wronged and wonder what legal options you have. If you were injured in Baltimore, you may be entitled to payment for your injuries.
Here, in this blog post, we’ll look at who’s responsible for keeping the sidewalks clear in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.
Baltimore City’s Rules on Snow and Ice Removal
Baltimore City rules require businesses and other property owners to remove snow and ice from their sidewalks. The purpose of the requirement is to make sidewalks safe.
According to the Baltimore City Code, businesses and other property owners whose property abuts a sidewalk must abide by the following rules on snow and ice removal:
305.8.1 Time for compliance. The snow and ice must be removed and cleared away:
1. within 6 hours after the snow has stopped falling; or
2. if the snow stopped falling between 3 p.m. and 6 a.m., before 11 a.m.
Further, the Baltimore City Code requires that the snow and ice be removed and cleared in a manner that leaves a clear path that is at least 2 feet wide.
Baltimore County’s Rules on Snow Removal
The Baltimore County Code is more lenient. It requires that businesses and other property owners remove and clear snow from the sidewalks within 24 hours of snowfall.
What Are Your Options If You Slip and Fall on a Snowy or Icy Sidewalk?
A business or other property owner that does not clear the ice and snow from their sidewalks could be held liable for any damages you incur as a result of a serious slip and fall accident on their property. If you suffered a serious injury from slipping and falling on a snowy or icy sidewalk in Baltimore, you may have a case against the business or property owner.