Sidewalk accidents occur throughout the state of New Jersey and typically occur because a sidewalk is improperly maintained. Sidewalks must be property maintained and if they are improperly maintained and cause an injury, certain parties may be held liable for the harm. However, who may be held liable for the defective sidewalk is a more difficult question.
Under New Jersey law, a commercial property owner has a duty to maintain the sidewalks which are adjacent to its commercial establishment. This means that a commercial property owner must inspect the sidewalks which border their establishment and repair any dangerous conditions. If the commercial property owner fails to inspect and repair any defects in a sidewalk which is next to their building, and someone is injured, the commercial establishment may be held liable.
If a dangerous condition exists on a sidewalk and the sidewalk is not adjacent to a commercial building, than the maintenance and repair of a sidewalk may be the responsibility of the city, county or state. This is known as a slip and fall on public property. Typically, the state entity which is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the sidewalk will be the state entity which is responsible for the road in which the sidewalk is adjacent to. In other words, if the sidewalk is attached to a local city street, the city will likely have the responsibility to maintain the sidewalk. If the sidewalk is attached to a county road, the county in which the sidewalk exists will likely be the party responsible for maintaining and repairing the sidewalk. Finally, if the sidewalk is attached to a state road, the state of New Jersey will likely be the entity who has the responsibility of maintaining and repairing the sidewalk.
Regardless of the specific factual circumstances which lead to your sidewalk accident, if you have been injured as a result of a dangerous sidewalk, you should contact our New Jersey Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers as soon as possible. Our attorneys represent individuals who have been injured as a result of a dangerous sidewalk in all New Jersey counties and cities including the cities of Hoboken and Jersey City as well as the counties of Middlesex and Hudson.
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