If you are injured while in a parking facility, should the owner of the facility be responsible for any damages? Generally, the owner of a parking facility is not liable for a guest’s injuries unless it can be proven that the injury occurred due to the owner’s negligence.
A guest is considered to be any customer, passenger of a customer, or employee of the parking facility owner. It is the parking facility owner’s responsibility to ensure that all property is in safe condition in order to avoid injury to its guests.
To maintain a safe environment, a parking lot owner should:
- Conduct routine inspections to correct potentially dangerous conditions
- Examine floors for debris such as oil and ice or snow
- Verify that the lights expose any possible hazards
- See that the stairs or elevators are in good working order
If potentially dangerous conditions are found, they should be corrected immediately, or a warning notice should be posted until the situation can be rectified.
The parking lot owner may be held accountable if a dangerous situation is known to exist but is not immediately rectified. But the owner may not be liable if it was not possible to detect such a condition in time to prevent an injury.
If the parking facility’s valet injures a guest, the owner may be responsible for any damages caused by the employee. On the other hand, the parking lot owner may not be liable for guests causing injury to one another.
While a parking facility owner may be liable for providing some protection to guests, the owner is not automatically liable for a guest’s injury. For liability to be imposed upon the parking facility owner, evidence must be presented to confirm that any injury was actually caused by the negligence of the owner.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, the experienced personal injury legal team at Roberts & Roberts is here to help with compassionate, aggressive representation. Please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.