HOW DANGEROUS IS A PARKING LOT?
Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2016 at 4:51 am
Parking lots can be very dangerous places. Thousands of injuries occur in parking lots each year in the United States. For this reason, personal injury laws in California allow victims to pursue parking lot owners and others for injuries from parking lot accidents. Some of the injuries that may be compensable under personal injury laws include:
Thousands of people fall in parking lots each year in the United States. A property owner has the responsibility to maintain a parking lot to avoid dangerous conditions that could cause someone to trip and fall. For example, uneven payment, potholes, crumbling curbs, and broken pavement are all examples of conditions that can cause a person to fall. In addition, poor lighting, burnt-out light fixtures, and broken stairwell banisters can cause a fall.
If a property owner fails to maintain a parking lot and someone is injured, that person may be entitled to recover compensation for his or her injuries. It is important to hire a Sacramento parking lot accident attorney as soon as possible to document the dangerous conditions that caused the accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that one in every five traffic accidents in the United States takes place in a parking lot. Common causes of parking lot accidents include:
- Distracted drivers
- Aggressive drivers
- Poorly maintained parking lots
- Lack of traffic laws
- Confusing signage
- Impaired visibility
Even though most parking lot accidents are low-impact collisions, parking lot accidents can still result in serious injuries, especially for a pedestrian. In addition to the other driver being responsible for the car accident, the parking lot owner may be partly responsible for the crash if the collision was caused by:
- Poor lighting
- Unclear directions
- Poor design
- Improper maintenance
It is important to determine who is responsible for the parking lot accident. You must name the correct parties in order to obtain full compensation for your injuries in a parking lot accident.
Garages and parking lots attract criminals because people are distracted when walking to and getting into their vehicles. Furthermore, many people leave valuables in their vehicles, especially during the holidays. If you are the victim of a crime in a parking lot, the owner of the parking lot may be responsible for your damages. Parking lot owners have a duty to provide a reasonably safe environment for patrons. However, the measures that an owner must take can vary. If you are the victim of a parking lot crime, contact our office to discuss your case with an experienced Sacramento parking lot accident attorney.
Call A Sacramento Parking Lot Accident Attorney
If you are injured in a parking lot accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Examples of damages in a personal injury claim include:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
- Other out-of-pocket expenses
If you have experienced and injury or loss, call the Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 to schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with one of our Sacramento personal injury lawyers. You may also chat with a representative online to get more information about filing a parking lot accident claim.