Utah winters come with a great deal of snow. Knowing the laws surrounding snow removal can help prevent lawsuits and fines from occurring. The driveway and walkway leading up to the property are always the responsibility of the homeowner. Knowing what you are responsible for can help prevent an array of injuries.
In general, sidewalks are considered public property, not the property of the homeowner. This means that snow removal isn’t necessarily the homeowner’s responsibility. However, if the homeowner takes action that increases a pedestrian’s risk of injury, they will be held liable. This includes things like shoveling the snow, leaving a thin layer of ice, and not spreading salt over that ice.
The snow removal laws vary from state to state. It often even changes between cities. For example, Salt Lake City requires home owners or residents of the property to remove snow within 24 hours of the storm. Failure to do so can result in fines or even lawsuits. If an individual slips on the premises because the sidewalk hasn’t been shoveled, the homeowner may be held liable.
Knowing the laws can help you prevent an array of problems. They can help prevent injuries, fines, and lawsuits. The easiest way to handle this is through prevention. Keep your property safe this winter. To learn more about how snow removal laws apply to you, contact us at LeBaron & Jensen today!