Premises liability covers a property owner’s responsibility for accidents and injuries that happen on their property.
Technology has made a big difference in this area, changing how property owners understand, handle and reduce liability problems.
Surveillance cameras for responsibility
Property owners now use surveillance cameras to watch over their property. These cameras not only stop bad activities, but they also reveal who is responsible in premises liability cases. When an accident happens, the video from these cameras can show who caused it, reducing arguments and making the process faster.
Smart building systems for safety
In 2021, 224,935 individuals died in unintentional injury accidents according to the CDC, and 44,686 of these incidents were the result of falls. Smart building systems use sensors and automatic features to prevent accidents such as these. For example, motion sensors light up walkways and climate control systems keep indoor areas at safe temperatures, preventing wet floors caused by condensation.
Digital records for keeping track
Property owners keep digital records of their property repairs and maintenance. These records prove that property owners do or do not do their best to keep the place safe. The ability to find and share these records easily has made the legal process simpler when liability issues come up.
Communication tools for warnings
Modern communication tools like apps and instant messages help property owners warn visitors and employees about possible dangers. This quick communication reduces accidents and shows whether property owners are serious about safety.
Challenges of technology in premises liability
While technology has made premises liability better, it has privacy concerns with surveillance cameras, issues with smart building systems not working correctly and worries about keeping digital records secure.
As technology changes, property owners should use it responsibly to keep their places safe for everyone.