Injury Law Blog

Oct 27, 2015 | Keith Adkins

Residents Clear Sidewalks to Avoid Slip and Fall Accidents

The weather is beginning to cool along the East Coast, and snow and ice will soon be coming down as the chill settles in. When these storms happen, the accumulation of frozen precipitation along city streets and sidewalks can present serious safety hazards.

Thousands of citizens are injured each year as the result of icy conditions on roads, sidewalks and parking lots. In Washington, D.C., the Department of Public Works is responsible for clearing roadways. But the slip and fall injury lawyers at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers explain that homeowners must shovel snow and ice from sidewalks in front of and around their homes.

Now, homeowners may be facing penalties if they fail to adhere to regulations regarding the clearing of sidewalks after winter storms. According to NBC Washington News, residents of Washington, D.C., will face fines of $25 if they fail to clear snow or ice from a sidewalk after a storm. Businesses will receive a $150 citation if they fail to comply. Officials say they hope enforcing these rules will improve mobility for the elderly and disabled during the winter months.

Lawmakers say exceptions will be made for the elderly and disabled. Citizens seeking exemption status should register with the district to avoid fines.

Protecting the safety of all citizens is a top priority for the legal staff at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, which is why our pedestrian accident lawyers would like to applaud the efforts being made to reduce slip and fall accidents in our city during the winter months.

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