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If you've been hurt in a parking lot accident as a result of a cracked or uneven surface, compensation may be sought under premises liability laws. Parking lots are considered private property; therefore, the property owner is ultimately responsible for maintaining the area and keeping it safe for visitors.
A personal injury claim identifying premises liability will have to prove:
- a store owner was or should have been aware of a danger on their property;
- a store owner was negligent by not regularly checking for dangers or providing adequate maintenance;
- there is a direct correlation between the parking lot's dangerous condition and your injury;
- the injury or accident would not have occurred if there was not a dangerous condition in the parking lot; and
- damages resulted from the parking lot accident.
Parking Lot Accidents Involving Vehicles
Vehicle-related accidents frequently happen in parking lots. Whether it is a car running into another vehicle or striking a pedestrian, accident liability can be quite complicated in this setting.
For one, filing a police report following the incident may not be easy. Since parking lots are private property, law enforcement may not respond. You may have to walk into the police station for a report to be logged.
Additionally, responsibility for the accident may be hard to identify. Was the accident caused by a driver's inattention or a property owner's negligence? The driver may be held liable if he or she were not paying attention. A property owner may also be liable if driving directions were unclear due to inadequate traffic signs.
Parking lot accidents in which a pedestrian is struck may also be complicated to determine fault. Pedestrians may be liable if they negligently place themselves in a risky situation, either by not paying attention to their surroundings or walking in undesignated areas. On the other hand, parking lots should be structured in a way that it is safe for a pedestrian to walk to and from his or her car.
Since 1968, personal injury attorneys at Falk & Falk have been protecting their clients' interests in personal injury cases. Discuss your case with one of their highly knowledgable personal injury attorneys by calling 305-279-0999.