It is a Property Owner’s Responsibility to Ensure the Safety of Their Premises

Slip and fall accidents are among the top causes of serious injuries in the U.S. Data from the National Safety Council (NSC) Injury Facts show that there are more than 8 million victims of this type of accident every year.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), some of the most serious effects of a slip and fall accident are fracture to the hip, torn muscle and ligament, knee injury and broken bones (wrist and/or elbow), and the ones who are most prone to it are people 55 years old and above. Though it may just be a simple accident to many, it is enough to alter an elderly victim’s life and make him/her incapable of further enjoying years filled with worthwhile activities.

A slip and fall accident can occur in any dangerous property, that is, where there are trip hazards that are not noticeable, exposed wires, uncovered metal or wooden pegs, unnecessary clutter, no warning signs, especially on wet surfaces, uneven floors or walkway, moss-filled floors, inadequate lighting along walkways, unstable surfaces, no railings or guardrails, exposed wires, and so forth. It can happen in hospitals, inside a church, inside a mall or a restaurant, beside a pool, in the office – practically, anywhere, where the owner of a premise is negligent or careless enough as to allow accident-causing elements to remain in his/her area of responsibility.

Sadly, many lack concern in cleaning their own mess, and still many more do not have the initiative to clean their premises – to make sure that everything is safe. If they do not want to tidy up things for others’ sake, then, at least, they should get rid of any hazard for their own safety. Always, the victim of such lack of concern, carelessness or negligence, is someone who is totally unaware of a possible slip or trip hazard.

Injuries resulting from a slip and fall accident are called personal injuries. Under the law, the person or party liable for such accident is always the property owner. Thus, owners should be aware that after an accident due to their negligence, a claim lawsuit is sure to follow. This is clearly indicated in an article posted at www.zavodnicklaw.com. This article says, whether you are visiting a store, walking along a sidewalk, or simply out and about, you expect a reasonable level of safety from environmental danger. At the very least, you want adequate warning when there are unsafe conditions. However, there are times when unsafe conditions crop up without warning and cause people to get hurt. It is a property owner’s responsibility to ensure the safety of their premises. When they fail to do so, injured people can hold them accountable for allowing dangerous conditions to persist.

Truck Driver Errors

Most traffic accidents happen because of driver error, and truck accidents are no exception to this. Most of the time, the truck drivers are at fault. It can be argued that truck drivers should actually be more careful compared to ordinary drivers, because the vehicles they operate are much heavier and larger. It will not be wise to trigger an accident.
The website www.kff-law.com mentions that those who have been hurt in truck accidents because of somebody else’s fault, like the truck driver’s, may pursue legal action against the responsible parties, such as trying to get compensation from the damages they have sustained.
This means that truck drivers are legally obligated to operate safely. But to do so, it is important to enumerate the most common truck driving errors, so they can cautiously avoid them.

Obviously Reckless Behaviors

Doing obviously reckless behaviors while on the wheel is just unacceptable. Firstly, the behaviors are known to be dangerous already, so there is no reason for truck drivers to do them. Secondly, choosing to do the obviously reckless behavior is also negligent, because they are operating vehicles that may have high impacts during road accidents. Below are the most common behaviors that are obviously reckless:

  • Driving while fatigued, especially when intentionally doing so just to fulfil a quota or a specific task
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, medication, and other products that may cause impairment
  • Speeding, either by going above the speed limit or driving too fast when the road and weather conditions are considered
  • Blatant disregard of traffic rules, particularly right-of-way and turning issues

Faintly Reckless Behaviors

Some reckless behaviors are not as obvious as drunk driving and speeding, but they are just as equally dangerous. Some of these behaviors drivers know to be reckless but do anyway because they are not as threatening as other reckless behaviors, while some arise from the drivers’ ignorance. Below are the most common ones:

  • Driving with excessive weight, usually in the form of too much cargo in the trailer
  • Failing to maintain the truck, making it more prone to wear and tear and defects
  • Getting too close to other vehicles, like tailgating and weaving through traffic
  • Not considering blind spots while driving, considering that trucks have wider blind spots compared to other vehicles
  • Not using turn signals, especially during turning movements in intersections