June, 2013

Neglected Buildings

Managing property is no easy task. There are a lot of things that can go wrong with any given building. Managers need to be aware of various building safety codes and do everything within their power to hold their buildings to at least those minimum safety standards.

When a building is neglected it can fall into disarray. Health violations can arise from animal infestations that commonly result from building neglect. Roaches, rats, and mice often infest buildings that become neglected.

Further neglect can lead to the dilapidation of stairways, elevators, or escalators, making them a hazard to use. Leaky pipes also eventually become a problem. Pipes with leaks in them can sometime be a direct cause of slip and fall accidents. Unsafe conditions can lead to the building’s eventual collapse.

When a building falls into neglect and poses a danger to the people in and around it, any injuries that occur as a result are the responsibility of that building’s manager. If you are injured because of prevalent dangerous conditions on someone else’s property, you may be able to hold him or her accountable for your medical costs with a premises liability lawsuit.

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Bicycle Accidents

bicycle accident lawsuitBicycles are caught at a strange point between functional and recreational vehicles. Many people use their bicycles as their primary mode of transportation, but cyclists are generally scorned by drivers, who feel they clog up the roads.

With that sentiment, it is common for frustrated drivers to lose patience around cyclists and drive recklessly when they encounter bikes on the roadways. However, drivers have to remember that cyclists have very little in the way of protection. If there is a collision, they are incredibly likely to sustain serious injuries.

When you ride a bike, your safety is a priority. Bikers can prevent the chances of being collided with by using front and rear lights at night, being cautious around cars, and always following all the rules of the road. Drivers can do their part by giving cyclists enough room when passing them and slowing down if there is little room to get by.

Liability in accidents that involve bicycles is determined much like accidents between two cars. If you’ve been hurt in a bike accident because of someone else’s mistake, you may be able to hold him or her accountable for your medical costs with a personal injury lawsuit.

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