The towns around here have sidewalk clearing ordinances. You are required by law to get the snow off the sidewalks within a set time frame (less than 2 days). They didn't always enforce it, but now with the economy so bad, they have been issuing fines for not doing it. It hasn't snowed here all week, but it hasn't all melted yet.
On the news just now, they were talking about an accident the next town over - guy driving at night, hit some men walking in the road, wearing dark clothes. They said they were in the road because the sidewalk was buried. Driver couldn't see them until he was right on top of them.
Yes, the pedestrians take some blame for walking on the wrong side of the road in dark clothes, but what about the property owner? I have a feeling if the city goes after them, people may quit blowing that law off. Then again...it's been a week - why didn't the city catch them and fine them? (part of that fine is a penalty and part is supposed to pay for city crews to clear the sidewalk). You know somebody is going to be sued before this is all over - who should it be?
Answer by jewjewbee at 9:00 AM on Feb. 17, 2011
Answer by hibbingmom at 9:00 AM on Feb. 17, 2011
Answer by tootoobusy at 9:01 AM on Feb. 17, 2011
Honestly, I don't know in this case that I think anyone should be sued. As a pedestrian, you take a calculated risk walking in a street. Walking through snow won't kill you.
The homeowner should have shoveled the sidewalk however I can't imagine they would have thought someone would have died because of their inaction. If the city issued a citation and didn't have the sidewalk cleared at the homeowner's expense, then I guess they could technically be held liable.
That said, the pedestrian chose to walk in the street as opposed to walking on a snow covered sidewalk. I feel that the pedestrian is at fault. (this probably won't be popular)
Answer by QuinnMae at 9:02 AM on Feb. 17, 2011
Answer by shay1130 at 9:03 AM on Feb. 17, 2011
Answer by jewjewbee at 9:04 AM on Feb. 17, 2011
The city had ample time to enforce the law. However they may not have had the manpower to enforce the law due to other issues regarding the weather. Could be an interesting story to keep up with.
Answer by zebbiebug at 9:25 AM on Feb. 17, 2011
Answer by soyousay at 9:40 AM on Feb. 17, 2011
Answer by soyousay at 9:41 AM on Feb. 17, 2011