Parking lots are often the setting for severe injuries, particularly when the property owner does not take measures to make the area safe for you. After you park your car, you should be able to safely walk across the parking lot without risk of injury. Unfortunately, many property owners fail to take simple measures to make sure that store patrons or persons parking in the lots do not encounter hazards and dangerous conditions.
Design issues in parking lots may give rise to injury claims, particularly when parking stops, ramps or other raised areas in the parking lot are not properly placed or colored to help make them visible. Improper maintenance can also lead to injuries when people fall or slip due to broken areas of pavement or problems with lighting that prevent safe travel within the parking lot.
We also see a great deal of pedestrian and car accidents that occur in parking lots. Inattentive drivers combined with high levels of pedestrian traffic is a recipe for disaster. Drivers should always be on the lookout for pedestrians in parking lots. The reality, however, is that most people are in a hurry and paying more attention to finding a parking spot than driving safely.
Icy conditions in the parking lot may also be the property owner’s responsibility in certain situation, particularly when ice has been present over a period of time and the owner has had time to take steps to remove ice and make the area safe.
If you are injured in a parking lot, contact our firm. We can go over the facts of your and your family’s injuries and help track down the responsible parties to hold them accountable.
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