When walking through a mall or department store, you expect to be safe. As you browse the shops, the last thing on your mind are conditions that might be potentially dangerous. It is the property owner's or operator's duty to ensure that the premises are safe for customers. That means that if you suffer an injury on someone else's property, that individual or company might be legally responsible for the damages.
Imagine strolling into your favorite clothing store to do some light shopping. As you walk down the main aisle, you stumble and fall and hit your head on a display case on the way down. You then spend the next 24 hours under observation in the hospital due to the concussion you suffered.
Getting into a motor vehicle accident can be a terrifying experience. When the other vehicle is a massive commercial truck, like a semi-truck or an 18-wheeler, it can be even worse. The potential for serious injuries and even fatalities increases when an accident involves a huge and heavy vehicle. Truck drivers are much less likely to sustain injuries in these accidents than the people in the smaller vehicles. No matter how safely you drive your own vehicle, you simply can't control how other people behave behind the wheel. A truck driver's mistake could end up costing you a lot.
When you are at someone's home or on property owned by someone else, that property owner may owe you a measure of safety. It all depends on who you are, how you know the owner, the reason you are there, if you had the ability to use caution and whether or not it's a public policy concern.
With summer almost here, more people will be outside eating, playing games and socializing with their friends and family. While summer is often a time to create fun memories, unfortunately, sometimes fun and games lead to someone getting hurt.