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Question: I am thinking about having a yard sale. I have a steep driveway. Am I liable if a person falls due only to the steepness of the driveway? What if I put up a sign to enter at own risk?

Answer: Under what the law calls “premises liability,” if a property owner is aware of an unreasonably dangerous condition on their property and fails to either fix that condition or to warn people invited onto their property about that condition, then the property owner could in theory be sued if someone invited onto their property is injured as a result of the dangerous condition. You would need to discuss your situation in detail with an attorney in order to determine both whether your driveway presents a unreasonably dangerous condition and what specific kind of warning might be sufficient to protect yourself from legal liability.

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  • I am thinking about having a yard sale. I have a steep driveway. Am I liable if a person falls due only to the steepness of the driveway? What if I put up a sign to enter at own risk?

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