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Sidewalk safety and your rights in New Jersey

Sidewalks can be helpful for many reasons; they provide a place for pedestrians to walk off the streets, make paths for bicyclists and are safer for kids walking home from school. Unfortunately, if they aren't maintained, then slipping, tripping or falling on the sidewalk can cause serious harm to pedestrians. A broken or uneven sidewalk should be repaired. If it's not and causes you an injury, you may have a case.

There are several situations where you may be injured on a sidewalk. Maybe the surface was uneven, causing you to trip and fall. Maybe it was cold outside with snow and ice, and the person responsible for the walkway didn't take the time to clear it. You could have been riding your bike when dangerous cracks or holes in the sidewalk caused you to have a crash.

There are many reasons a sidewalk can become dangerous, and in most cases, it was a lack of repair that led to an incident. Poorly performed repairs aren't acceptable any more than leaving the sidewalk unrepaired all together.

After you've been hurt, you need to identify the person responsible for your injuries. Sometimes, it's the city or other agencies who need to be held responsible, while in other cases, it's an individual or property owner. Within 90 days of your accident, you need to file your Notice of Claim with the city or state of New Jersey. If you've been injured and want to know more, you can learn more about your options and the requirements to make a case against a negligent owner or corporation on our premise liability page.

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