Owners of apartment complexes, restaurants, retail stores, hotels, and other for-profit and nonprofit businesses owe their visitors and patreons a duty to keep their premises reasonably safe — even their parking lots. Similarly, commercial parking lots also have legal duties to abide by.
Those who park in these lots, regardless of whether it is commercial or not, are identified as “invitees” or individuals who are invited to business-related events or meetings with the owner of the property. A duty of care for a property owner essentially encompasses any actions that a reasonable property owner should take or should have taken in similar circumstances. Therefore, a property owner will be held responsible for lack of property maintenance if an individual is injured, killed, or sexually assaulted.
An individual who was hurt on another person’s property can typically file a premises liability claim for damages against any person or company that owns, leases, occupies, or controls the property where the accident took place. Property owners or managers cannot completely shield themselves from liability by purchasing premises liability insurance or by delegating the important task of maintaining their property in storage conditions.
In essence, a property owner or manager is always responsible for the safety of their premises, even if they delegate maintenance tasks to an employee or hire an independent party who is then found guilty of negligence. This includes maintenance or repairs. As a customer or “visitor,” the last thing on their minds should be whether they can safely get from their home to the grocery store’s parking lot, and back.
Victims of a parking lot accident are welcomed to contact our qualified Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers. We have over 60 years of collective legal experience in handling personal injury cases. With our track record of recovering more than $1 billion in settlements for our clients, we are confident that we will deliver a good outcome to your case.
Risks of Hazardous Property
Our experienced team of premises liability attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers have made some examples of potential risks an individual may face when they park their vehicle or walk on hazardous property:
Whether the business opens before the sun is out or after it gets dark, insufficient or poor lighting can cause accidents like slip and falls. Some parking lots can have uneven or cracked surfaces, which can make it easy to stumble. Dark settings also increase the risk for criminals and attackers to strike visitors. Though lighting will not single-handedly stop the aforementioned scenarios, it definitely helps.
Under California law, an individual may be entitled to receive compensation if their injury was caused by a property owner’s negligence, such as not maintaining a safe environment for visitors to enter. When potential safety hazards or areas that could cause injuries are ignored, the door for risks and costly expenses for a business opens widely. A parking lot owner will not only be expected to pay for maintenance, but also for any costs associated with a lawsuit.
As previously covered, an owner of a parking structure, lot, or garage has the responsibility to keep their facilities and premises safe for all users. Otherwise, in the event of an accident that results in damages, or even death, they can be held liable. It is expected for the property owner to place warning signs around their premises in case of hazardous conditions.
The visitor can be informed about the situation, which will help them decide whether or not it is worth the risk to enter the property. If the visitor chooses to step foot onto the premises and gets injured, the liability of the accident will not directly go towards the property owner since they had notified visitors beforehand of the hazard.
West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help
If you have sustained injuries as a result of a parking lot premises liability accident, you have the right to hold the guilty party responsible. Our skilled personal injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you recover compensation for the losses you have sustained, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.