Parking Lot Injury
Parking lot injury cases are very common. Did you know one of every five vehicle accidents happens in a parking lot? 9% of vehicle fatalities are caused by vehicles backing up. But, it’s not just bad drivers. In this article, we take a look at parking lot injuries. After any injury, you should talk to a lawyer.
Types Of Parking Lot Injuries
Many people each year are injured in parking lots. We’ve seen a lot of different types of parking lot injuries over the years. Most injuries are avoidable. Often, some kind of negligence causes the injury.
Here are the most common causes of parking lot injuries:
slip on wet or icy surface
fall in pothole
lack of stop signs
no posted speed limit
lack of pedestrian safety features
unmarked crosswalk zones
Parking Lot Safety
People tend to feel safer in parking lots. But the reality is, parking lots are as dangerous – if not more dangerous than the road. Why? There is a false sense of security.
How Parking Lot Injury Happens
There are a variety of factors that contribute to how parking lot injuries happen.
Bad lighting can contribute to poor visibility. Physical obstacles, like poles and columns, can also block the view of pedestrians. Even a vehicle’s blind spots contribute to poor visibility. This increases the likelihood of an accident due to not being able to see adequately.
Untreated Surfaces In Bad Weather
If there is inclement weather, snow and ice may be present on the parking lot grounds. In some cases, painted surfaces are extra slick when wet. This can cause slip and falls, leading to serious injury.
If the grounds are improperly maintained, it can cause injuries. Failure to identify or remove trip hazards is dangerous. Potholes need repair. Stumps and hoses are trip hazards. The grounds must be safe for everyone.
Lack of Security
If there is not proper security, especially in high crime areas, injuries may occur. Security guards or cameras can stop robberies and injuries.
No Stop Signs/Speed Limit Signs
Even parking lots need speed limits and stop signs. A lack of stop signs placed where pedestrians cross creates a hazard. Parking lots need Speed limit signs throughout the property to deter speeding.
There are a lot of distractions in parking lots. The National Safety Council reports many drivers are distracted in parking lots. In their study, many drivers reported making calls, texting, and watching videos while driving in parking lots.
Who is Responsible?
If you have a parking lot injury, you may be wondering who is responsible. When the property owner or business was negligent, they are liable for your injuries.
If you are injured by a car, the driver may be liable. In some cases, drivers AND property owners are responsible. An experienced parking lot injury lawyer can get you the most money for your claim.
$1 Million Parking Lot Injury Lawsuit
A Pennsylvania man and his son were struck by a speeding vehicle in a store parking lot. They both sustained significant injuries and brought forth a lawsuit against the driver.
The at-fault driver’s insurance fought the claim. They made a low offer of $100,000. But the injured man and his son spoke to a lawyer. They decided to file a lawsuit.
Both men received compensation for their injuries and medical bills. A jury gave the men over $1 million. The son was awarded over $700,000 in future lost income. He is unable to return to work due to his injuries.
Free Legal Consultation
Each injury situation is different. That is why you must hire a knowledgeable personal injury accident attorney. Hiring the right attorney is the key to obtaining the compensation you need to heal.
Pennsylvania Injury Law Firm
The legal team at Kane and Silverman are experienced personal injury lawyers. We specialize in premises liability and vehicle injury cases. We get money for injured people. Call today for a free legal consultation.
Kane and Silverman has offices in Center City Philadelphia and Marlton, New Jersey. We don’t charge any fees unless we recover money for you.