|Updated: 12/10/2013 6:23 pm
||Published: 12/10/2013 4:58 pm
Snow and ice still cover the pavement in many areas, especially some private businesses and even shopping centers.
FOX23's Janai Norman looked into whose responsibility it is to make sure you don't slip and fall.
Snow and ice is a natural accumulation from a weather event.
That means property owners have essentially no duty to keep the ground clear.
"Snow and ice is an open and obvious condition that folks should be aware of," said Guy Thiessen of Carr and Carr Attorneys.
Norman contacted him to find out who's responsible for getting this stuff cleared up, and if someone falls then who would be liable.
“Really, the law leans toward people being responsible for their own actions," said Thiessen.
So if people see ice and snow and decide to walk on it, according to Thiessen, that means they assume the risk of falling and it's their fault if they do.
He said that even goes for public areas like sidewalks.
"The city has no duty to clear sidewalks," he said.
FOX23 discovered that also goes for apartment complexes, where management generally has a duty to keep common areas like sidewalks safe.
"But when there's a snow or ice event, then the tenants are really on their own. It's an open and obvious condition that everyone is responsible for their own safety," Thiessen said.
FOX23 did discover there are examples when the liability is on the property owner, like if the owner creates slippery conditions.
"A sprinkler system, for example, goes off when it's freezing cold out and creates a condition on the sidewalk and you can't see it because it's black ice, then they may have a duty if someone slips and falls," he said.