What Is An Attractive Nuisance?
This is a term originated by a judge to describe property that attracts youngsters and, because of their dangerous nature, creates a special obligation to property owners. Examples are:
All of these can lure children onto property and they all have the potential to cause serious injury. Why Do Attractive Nuisances Create A Special Obligation?
A special obligation exists because of such property's child endangering nature. Children do not have the reasoning ability of adults. When an opportunity to have fun pops up, it's a rare child who thinks about the chance of being injured. A property owner with an attractive nuisance on his property cannot escape liability because of a trespassing child. When an attractive nuisance is involved, adults have to make a special effort to protect children from their blind sense of adventure or face the consequences. How Do You Handle Attractive Nuisances?
The answer is do whatever it takes to prevent a child's access to the nuisance. Therefore, in order of their effectiveness:
1. Eliminate the nuisance:
2. Secure the nuisance
3. Reduce the chance for injury from a nuisance
If you're not certain about whether you have an attractive nuisance situation, discuss the situation with an insurance professional.