By Natalie Zarowny
It's not just cold out there tonight, it's been drizzling all day too.
And rain and bitter cold make for a slippery combination of black ice, danger, and liability.
"They really help with walking on the ice," said one woman.
"Gotta go a little bit slower than usual today," said another.
It's been a challenge staying up today while walking around sidewalks, parking lots, and street.
"I try to stay inside as much as possible!" said another person.
But whose fault is it if you fall down and get hurt?
One personal injuries lawyer we spoke with says it depends where you are.
"Iowa, the law is as you would expect , the landowner or property manager has a reasonable amount of time that they have to take care of it," said Howard Zimmerle, an attorney in Rock Island.
Meaning if people are walking in and out of your business, for example, you have a responsibility to salt or remove the ice in front of it, in a reasonable amount of time.
"In Illinois it's almost the opposite. There's no duty for a landowner to take care of a natural accumulation of ice or snow," said Zimmerle.
Meaning if it's natural ice or snow being made or falling, you don't have to do anything.
It's only if it's an unnatural accumulation that you have that responsibility.
"Sometimes when there's a big snow pile and it runs down the side of the snow pile and causes ice, or you see it sometimes with a downspout where it comes and causes ice across the sidewalk, then you can be in trouble," said Zimmerle.
The laywer we spoke with says despite these laws, you still need to keep in mind that every case is different, and remember to have some personal responsibility as well.