Syracuse Slip and Fall Accident

Top Syracuse, New York Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers

At the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., Our Elite Syracuse, New York Slip and Fall Attorneys Will Work to Obtain Satisfaction for Individuals Who Have Been Injured as a Result of Slip and Fall Accidents.

Slip and FallWinter slip and fall accidents in Syracuse, New York are an unfortunately common occurrence. With snow or ice buildups on sidewalks, there is a greater risk for personal injury as a result of a fall, and those injuries can often be life-changing.

Jed Dietrich, Esq. is recognized as a New York Super Lawyer and is adept at tackling slip and fall cases on behalf of his clients. If you, or a loved one, were injured in a slip and fall accident due to sidewalk negligence, contact the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. now at 716-839-3939 for your free consultation.

Common Causes of Sidewalk Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and FallWhen there is a high accumulation of snow, the negligence of public sidewalks can very quickly result in a personal injury. Buildups of snow or ice can lead to dangerous or potentially hazardous conditions for pedestrian traffic. In 2020, the National Weather Service issued multiple weather alerts for unsafe conditions due to heavy snowfall throughout Syracuse, New York and the Central New York area. According to U.S. Climate Data for Syracuse, New York, the average temperature between November and March from 2019 to 2020 was 23̊, providing ideal conditions for snow precipitation. In order for snow to accumulate, the outdoor temperature needs to be 32̊ or lower. It is important to be able to recognize potentially unsafe conditions, so as to take steps to avoid personal injury.

A few of the common causes of sidewalk slip and fall accidents in winter include:

  1. Snow left to accumulate on sidewalks, steps, and pathways;
  2. Ice buildup on sidewalks; and
  3. Tripping hazards due to hardened snow or ice on poorly cleared sidewalks.

A slip and fall on either a sidewalk or city street is potentially dangerous, particularly to older adults who are at a greater risk for broken bones or fractured hips. Poorly cleared streets also pose a risk to operators of motor vehicles, which might skid or slide on unseen patches of ice or snow. It is important to maintain awareness of your surroundings in areas where you suspect sidewalks have not been properly cleared, so as to avoid personal injury. For more information on slip and fall cases, refer to our 3 FAQs Slip and Fall page.


Who is Responsible for Clearing Sidewalks in Syracuse, New York?

Slip and FallResponsibility for clearing sidewalks depends upon the owner of the property which the sidewalk adjoins. In the city of Syracuse, New York, it is the responsibility of all city residents to ensure that the sidewalks outside of their property are kept clear of snow and safe to cross. This is in accordance with the Syracuse city ordinance on sidewalk snow removal.

If you are a resident of Syracuse, New York, and are uncertain as to whether you are responsible for clearing a section of sidewalk, helpful information on the topic is clearly defined on the city of Syracuse’s website and is summarized below:

  1. Responsibility of Sidewalk Snow Removal falls on those “with a sidewalk parallel to any public street.” This includes owners or residents of all buildings that abut public parks, public streets (both vehicular and pedestrian), and alleyways.
  2. Snow should be properly cleared from the area and not left to buildup in gutters, public areas, sections of sidewalk outside of property lines, or in front of emergency lanes and fire hydrants.
  3. Violators of the city ordinance on snow removal are subject to a court trial and a fine.

In addition to their ordinance on snow removal, the city of Syracuse, New York has published recommendations for preventative steps to take to maintain sidewalks. These include precautions such as salting before and after snowfall; plowing, particularly around emergency lanes and fire hydrants; and being aware of safety alerts and coming storms. The full list can be found on the city of Syracuse website.

A slip and fall in winter can be a negatively life-altering experience. In the event of a slip and fall, Jed Dietrich, Esq. is fully prepared to represent you. He and his team of top lawyers are aggressive, tenacious, and hardworking and will fight to obtain compensation on your behalf. Do not hesitate to reach out today at 716-839-3939 – YOU are our priority!

Sidewalk Snow Removal Pilot Program

Slip and FallIn places where sidewalks are not the responsibility of private citizens in Syracuse, New York, obligation for clearing sidewalks falls upon either private entities or the city. Private entities include, but are not limited to, businesses, restaurants, hotels, or shops. The same requirements for maintenance are placed upon private entities as upon citizens.

In 2019, Syracuse, New York implemented a sidewalk snow removal pilot program in order to maintain the city sidewalks and reduce the risk of slip and falls. The program, targeting several key city blocks, was intended to put some of the responsibility of the removal of snow from sidewalks on a private contractor. Implementation of the program was in response to concerns over snow and ice buildup on sidewalks across the city and fulfillment of Mayor Ben Walsh’s commitment to addressing the issue.

While the pilot program was implemented to clear public sidewalks, the responsibility of clearing private sidewalks remains with property owners. It is your responsibility to take the steps necessary to ensure the safety of yourself and your fellow citizens by being alert to potential dangers and being aware of your responsibilities.

If you believe you are the victim of a slip and fall accident due to sidewalk negligence, Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of top lawyers are prepared to take action on your behalf. Over the years, the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. has obtained over $175,000,000 in settlements and verdicts on behalf of its clients. Call us today at 716-839-393 for your free consultation.

Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 716-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious, and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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