Many people think that parking lots are relatively safe places, because cars are moving at a slow rate of speed. The truth is, parking lots are loaded with hazards, for both drivers and pedestrians.
First of all, many drivers tend to not look where they’re going while driving in a parking lot. They are often “rubbernecking”—craning their heads around to find an open parking space. In addition, parking a vehicle often involves backing up into tight spaces and using mirrors that can produce blind spots. Such situations can not only result in property damage to multiple vehicles, but can also put pedestrians at risk for severe, bodily injury. Imagine the pain and devastation that results from a human body going up against a 4,000-pound vehicle.
But being struck by or crushed between cars are just a few of the hazards for pedestrians in parking structures. Many parking lots are not well lit or maintained. They may have potholes or crumbling steps that can cause trips and falls. They may also be lacking safety features, such as stairway railings or bollards.
The owners of parking lots and structures have the responsibility to keep them maintained. This includes keeping them reasonably free of ice, snow, debris and slippery surfaces—all of which can lead to slip-and-fall injuries. Parking lot owners and managers also have a duty to provide a reasonable amount of security on their properties. This may include surveillance cameras, sufficient lighting, and even security guards.
LIABILITY FOR PARKING LOT ACCIDENTS
Depending on the type of parking lot accident and injury you’ve suffered, a number of parties may be held liable. Of course, if you are struck by a vehicle, that vehicle’s owner can be held liable for your resulting property damages and injuries. However, if you are injured as a result of the condition of the parking lot, such as poor lighting, lack of security, excessive accumulation of ice or snow, etc., the owner of the parking facility or the maintenance company may be held liable.
DAMAGES IN A PARKING LOT ACCIDENT CLAIM
Depending on the extent of your injuries and property loss you experienced in a parking facility, you may sue to recover any of the following losses:
- All related medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage or loss of property
- Mental trauma and emotional duress
- Permanent injury or disability
- Lost wages
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Loss of a limb
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Wheelchair ramps and other household and vehicle modifications to accommodate your injuries
- Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life
An accident in a seemingly safe location, like a parking facility, can have a life-altering impact on a victim and family. If your injury or loss was caused by the negligence of another party, you deserve to be compensated. The Case Handler’s team of experienced NY auto accident lawyers will see to it that you get fair and just compensation for your losses. To find out more about your legal rights and options, call 929-223-4195 for a free case evaluation.