Georgia Parking Lots Can Contain Hidden Holiday Dangers for Pedestrians
Poor Design and Maintenance of Parking Lots and Garages Can Lead to Serious Injury
The holiday shopping season has begun, and even though an increasing number holiday shoppers are choosing to make their holiday gift purchases online, many still prefer the experience of shopping at their local malls or retail establishments. Parking lots filled with vehicles belonging to festive shoppers are a common site across Georgia during the holidays. These parking lots and garages are sometimes a convenience for shoppers and, other times, a headache. However, few, if any, shoppers expect these lots and garages to jeopardize shoppers' health and safety. However, poorly designed and/or maintained parking lots and parking structures can be the site of serious or even fatal injury accidents.
Responsibilities of Store Owners and the Owners of Parking Lots and Structures
Principles of premises liability law hold that a property owner who invites others to come onto his or her property for the purpose of conducting business or for some other legitimate purpose owes any visitors who come onto the property a duty of care. This duty of care requires the property owner undertake three tasks with regard to his or her property:
- Make reasonable inspections of his or her property to uncover hazards or dangers that could threaten the health and safety of visitors;
- Make reasonable repairs to the property if hazards or dangers are discovered; and
- If repairs cannot be made at a reasonable cost and within a reasonable timeframe, take reasonable steps to warn visitors of the danger.
These principles apply to the owners of shopping complexes, retail stores, and parking lots and garages that exist for shoppers' conveniences. Parking lots and garages can easily fall into disrepair and become dangerous through neglect, however. The owner of a parking lot or garage can easily forget to routinely check the lot or garage for dangers, including, among others:
- Poor design that does not give motorists adequate space or maneuver or that causes many "blind spots" that make it difficult for motorists and pedestrians to see others using the lot or garage;
- Support beams that are crumbling, which can lead to the collapse of a parking garage;
- Potholes, ice, or other debris on the parking lot or garage surface which can present a slip and fall risk to pedestrians; and
- Poorly placed traffic control signals and arrows that do not advise pedestrians where to safely walk or tell motorists how to safely drive on the lot or in the garage.
Slips and falls, collisions between pedestrians and motorists, and even fatalities can occur because of these hazards and dangers. When a holiday-related accident occurs in a lot or parking garage is related to the owner's neglect of the lot or garage and/or his or her failure to take steps to address dangers present on the lot or in the garage, it can lead to the property owner being held legally responsible for the injuries, losses, expenses, and costs incurred by those injured.
Put Our Law Firm's Over 32 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Claim!
If you or a loved one has been injured in Atlanta or across Georgia in a parking lot or parking garage accident, the owner and/or designer of the lot or garage may be responsible for your injuries and losses. Contact our Georgia premises liability injury team at Montlick & Associates to discover what rights to compensation you may have. Our firm has over 32 years of experience in representing bus accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. Contact us to schedule your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.