Ensuring Safe Sidewalks and Driveways can Protect Minnesotans from Slips and Falls

Slips and falls happen throughout the Twin Cities, especially in the winter. This is because surfaces can be rather slick, causing property owners to have to take measures to ensure surfaces are as safe as possible.

However, slips and falls don’t just happen in the winter; they can happen all year round. They happen because the concrete may not be level or because there are holes that cause a person to trip. There are many reasons why a person may slip or trip and fall when they are on a sidewalk and many of them are preventable.

When the issue is one that is preventable, a property owner can be held liable for the medical expenses and other damages that a person sustains in such an accident. This could be very costly to the property owner, whether their insurance pays or they have to pay on their own. If insurance pays, then rates can go up and that becomes costly over time. In fact, the cost is higher than it would be if a property owner simply had the repairs performed by a Minneapolis pavement company to begin with.

So here are some things to look for to make sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots even safer throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul:

  • If the concrete is sinking, you can have it replaced or repaired. A sinking sidewalk means a person could step down and not expect to, resulting in a fall, or they could trip.
  • There are holes in the concrete, resulting in a person falling down.
  • Concrete slabs are raised higher than others. If a person doesn’t see that a concrete slab is raised, then they could trip and fall.
  • Cracks are present that could widen or cause a part of the surface to raise.

These are just some of the safety issues that can be caused by pavement that is not in good repair. The moment you notice an issue, it is important to make sure the pavement is as flat as possible as soon as possible.

But what about vehicles on pavement that is broken or filled with holes?

This is where a business or homeowner could be looking at having to compensate for property damage. If a large hole or other issue with asphalt or concrete causes a tire to be damaged or damage to the body of a vehicle, then the property owner could be held liable for the property damage.

There are many possibilities when it comes to the types of damage that a person or their property can sustain when it comes to faulty asphalt or concrete surfaces, so it is ideal to have the problems rectified as soon as possible so they don’t continue to the point that someone is injured or property is damaged. This can result in a lot of money saved by the property owner.