Common Causes of Parking Lot Injuries
Written by Shawn Diederich on August 6, 2016
According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 20 percent of all car accidents actually occur in parking lots. While many of these accidents are merely minor fender benders, that is certainly not always the case. In fact, nearly 10,000 Americans are injured by accidents that take place in parking facilities each year. Further, parking lot injuries can also occur in several other different ways. If you have suffered an injury in a parking lot or a parking garage, you need to contact an experienced Orlando car accident lawyer for immediate legal assistance.
The Top Five Causes of Parking Lot Injuries
- Driver negligence: All drivers have a duty to remain attentive while entering and exiting a parking lot. Even though vehicles in a parking lot are moving at a relatively slow pace, there is also usually a significant amount of pedestrian traffic. No matter the speed, if a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, the resulting injuries can be severe. Whenever driver negligence causes an injury, that driver must be held accountable for their actions.
- Damaged pavement: Cracks, potholes, slick spots and other issues with parking lot pavement can create a significant injury risk. Damaged pavement can easily lead to a serious trip and fall accident. Under Florida law, parking lot owners and operators have a legal duty to keep their property free from unreasonable dangers. If you are a parking lot customer, and you suffered an injury due to damaged pavement, you may have a viable premises liability claim.
- Broken stairs: Similarly, in parking garages with multiple levels, broken or damaged stairs can create a major tripping hazard. A fall from parking garage stairs can be devastating. After all, parking garage stairs are often made of cement or hard linoleum floors. All parking garage owners have a legal duty to keep their stairways free from any type of unreasonable safety hazard.
- Inadequate signage or poor design: If the signage, or layout, of a parking lot results in the pedestrian traffic crossing with the vehicle traffic, it could lead to an accident. In some cases, the parking garage designer may actually bear liability for this type of accident. Ultimately, the facility has a legal responsibility to ensure that pedestrians can enter and exit their vehicles without being put at an unreasonable safety risk.
- Inadequate security: Finally, similar to other Florida businesses, parking lots and parking garages have a legal duty to keep customers safe from dangers caused by third parties. If a person is injured in an attack at a parking lot, a Florida court may decide to hold the parking lot owner or operator liable for the attack. This could occur if the court believes that the parking lot could have taken reasonable security precautions to have prevented the attack. Some examples of security basic precautions include installing lighting, installing surveillance equipment and hiring trained security personnel.
Do You Need Legal Assistance?
If you have been injured in an accident that occurred at an Orlando parking facility, you need to seek aggressive legal protection. Please do not hesitate to contact the experienced attorneys at Diederich Law Firm, P.A. today. Our team offers free initial consultations to all injured victims.