Parking lots or garages can be dangerous places for a number of reasons. If the lighting is bad, you may be injured by another car or trip on the stairs. If the parking lot has not been properly maintained, you could suffer a fall due to potholes or other crumbling infrastructure. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to hold the owner of the building or lot liable for your injuries.
Some of the most common injury accidents that occur in parking lots or parking garages include:
- Slip, trip or fall accidents due to cracked pavement, potholes, debris or weather-related materials (ice, snow, water) that can cause broken bones, torn ligaments, lacerations or head injuries.
- Robbery or assault due to poor security and/or the absence of proper lighting.
- Pedestrian accidents when a lot is poorly designed or lit so that traffic coming into or exiting the lot cannot see you.
The parking lot or garage owner has a duty of care to ensure the property is maintained properly. Lots are required to be constructed according to applicable laws and posted warnings are required if there is a hazard that impacts public safety.
For an owner to be held liable for any injury, the injury must be directly connected to an evident defect or to the lack of proper maintenance on the owner’s part. For example, if the parking lot is icy and the owner knew about these conditions but has not attempted to clear the ice, he or she may be liable for any injuries that occur on the lot due to the ice.
However, if a third party drops something on the lot’s surface and someone then slips on it a few minutes later, the owner may not be liable since he or she did not have a reasonable amount of time to remove the spill. In addition, the owner may not be liable if an injury is caused by the injured party’s own negligence. For example, if a person was simply not paying attention and consequently fell down, the lot owner would probably not be held accountable for any injuries.
If you or someone you love has been injured, our Texas medical malpractice attorneys have the experience and resources to help you through this difficult time and obtain just compensation for your injuries. Please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.