Winters in Asheville tend to be fairly mild, but we do occasionally experience winter weather - and all the dangerous conditions that come along with it. Among those are icy sidewalks, driveways and walkways, which can result in a slip-and-fall accident.
When these accidents occur on commercial property, an injured person may have grounds on which to pursue a premises liability lawsuit, particularly if the condition existed for some time without action from the property owners.
But governments and private property owners have a duty of care to guests and the public as well as it relates to ice on the ground. Asheville city leaders passed a city ordinance - Chapter 16, Article I, Section 16-3 - to deal with this issue. The statute says property owners must clear the sidewalks abutting their property on or before 10 AM each day in which the temperature is over 40 degrees Fahrenheit. They also must clear abutting sidewalks of snow, sleet, hail or other accumulations within 48 hours of when that accumulation stops. Those who fail in this duty may face a citation and fine - and possible civil liability if someone is hurt.