Although driving and walking to and from parking lots have become a regular part of many people’s routines, they do not eliminate the chances of sustaining injuries within the premises. Moreover, parking lots are common target locations for crimes, such as robbery and assault. When these incidents happen, victims must hold the right people accountable.
Regardless of whether an individual’s injuries were due to an assault or simply by slipping and falling, the owner of the property where the incident happened can be responsible for those injuries under certain circumstances.
When the circumstances prove negligence
Property owners can be liable for damages covering parking lot injuries if they were negligent in the maintenance, inspection or security of their premises. Specifically, their responsibility arises from the following acts or inaction leading to the injury:
- Lack of necessary fixtures: Parking lots must have adequate lighting and appropriate fixtures, such as handrails for people with disability, to ensure safety within the premises. Without these, accidents resulting in injuries are bound to happen.
- Lack of proper maintenance: While parking lots are relatively low maintenance, their owners must ensure their functionality and safety. For instance, pavement maintenance is essential for smooth and easy access for vehicles and pedestrians. Moreover, repainting certain areas is necessary in providing visual cues. Lack of regular maintenance can lead to accidents.
- Inadequate security features: Most parking lots nowadays have fences, barriers, security personnel and security cameras to ensure safety in the area. Premises with insufficient security features are more likely to be targeted for crimes. If, even with this information in mind, a property owner does not invest in security, they can be liable for injuries on their premises.
When making an injury claim against a property owner, you have to establish solid evidence confirming their negligence. Gathering the necessary proof and exploring available remedies with the help of a knowledgeable legal representative are some of the steps you must take to strengthen your case.