The Federal Highway Administration (a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation) asserts that sidewalks are indeed prone to damage from environmental conditions, and maintaining their good condition is part of maintaining all public rights-of-way and their safe access. Sidewalks in poor condition can limit this access and even pose safety risks to pedestrians. Here are three of the top ten most frequently cited maintenance issues for sidewalks, according to the Campaign to Make America Walkable:
- Missing sections, particularly on “key walking routes”
- Severely cracked concrete, holes, rough spots, and indentations as wide as one inch
- Fragments of concrete or building materials and holes/depressions from lost concrete greater than 2 inches in diameter
Under premises liability, the premises owner must maintain a reasonably safe environment and warn of any defective conditions. Slip-and-fall accidents are unique claims; if you or a loved one has been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, contact Mike Agruss Law for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury in an accident. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, Mike Agruss Law is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.