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Can You Sue If You Slip On Black Ice? How Black Ice Can Be Dangerous For Pedestrians

Walking On Ice

Black ice is a glaze that forms on surfaces such as sidewalks, roads, and driveways due to snow, water, or ice melting and re-freezing. It is called black ice because it tends to look like the ground underneath it, making it difficult to spot. The fact that it’s so hard to see makes it very dangerous to pedestrians, increasing the risk of injuries from a fall.

Can I Sue?

It depends on the severity of your injuries and the situation. If you slip on a sidewalk on someone’s property or in a parking lot, you may be able to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit. By filing the claim, it means that the property owner or business was negligent. They failed to place adequate warning signs and did not attempt to make the walking area safe. If your injuries from the fall were severe enough, you could possibly receive compensation for emotional distress or pain.

Type of Injuries From A Black Ice-Related Slip

  • Fracture
  • Sprain or tear a ligament
  • Bruises in vulnerable parts of the body, such as the elbow and lower back
  • Dislocated kneecap or patella
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury

How Can I Reduce the Risk of Falling on Black Ice?

You can decrease the risk of a black ice fall by following these safety tips and suggestions:

  • Use caution when walking on surfaces with ice and snow.
    • Never attempt to run or quickly walk on surfaces that contain ice or snow. Instead, walk the path slowly and carefully, keeping your balance while doing so.
  • Use handrails, walls, and other fixed objects to help support yourself.
  • Make sure to have proper footwear.
    • Wear shoes with grip and traction to help prevent slipping on black ice.