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Premise liability if you are injured in a parking lot

On Behalf of | May 7, 2024 | Premises Liability

Whether you are going to the store, grabbing a bite to eat or visiting a friend, you may find yourself navigating through a parking lot. But did you know that if you get injured in a parking lot, someone may be responsible for your injuries?

To protect yourself, be aware of premise liability so you know what steps to take if an accident occurs.

What is premise liability?

Premise liability is the legal responsibility a property owner or manager has to maintain a safe environment for visitors. This means they must take reasonable steps to prevent accidents and injuries on their property, including parking lots.

Who is responsible?

The responsibility for maintaining a safe parking lot typically falls on the owner or manager of the property. This could be a business owner, a landlord or a property management company. If they fail to keep the parking lot safe and you get hurt as a result they may be liable for your injuries.

What are common hazards?

Parking lots can pose various hazards that may lead to accidents and injuries. Potholes, uneven pavement and slippery surfaces pose problems for drivers and pedestrians alike. Other issues, such as poor lighting and inadequate signage or markings, may also result in slips, falls or collisions.

What can you do if you are injured?

If you suffer an injury in a parking lot, it is important to take certain steps to protect your rights:

Seek medical attention immediately, even if your injuries seem minor

Take photos of any injuries you have that are visible as well as the hazard that caused your injury to document the scene

Report the incident to the property owner or manager

Get contact information from any witnesses who saw what happened

Consult with a legal professional who can advise you on your rights and options

Injuries sustained in parking lots can have serious consequences, but understanding premise liability can help you navigate the legal process if your injuries are due to someone else’s negligence.