We all have a duty to “look where we are going or stepping.” But premises owners also have a legal responsibility to create a reasonably safe environment for their visitors, who may not be as familiar with the stairs, aisles, or tripping hazards. This is particularly true in retail establishments and commercial parking lots, where the invited consumer is encouraged to be more attentive to the displays of merchandise for sale than what is on the floor or ground, or hung in the air. The injuries that occur in these situations – from fractured hips to broken wrists to eye injuries – can have personal consequences for which the land or store owner must bear responsibility for their negligent maintenance.
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