What You Need to Know About Parking Lot Accidents
Parking lot accidents can occur in a multitude of different properties including commercial, municipal and residential. The owner of a parking lot is responsible for its condition. If the property is not properly maintained and has hazards that are not fixed, serious injuries can result. If you were injured in a parking lot, it is in your best interest to speak with an experienced New York personal injury attorney. Our legal team at Hausman & Pendzick is committed to ensuring that you obtain the compensation you deserve.
What are the common causes of parking lot accidents in New York?
Contrary to popular belief, parking lot accidents occur more frequently than we think. Parking lot owners have a duty to ensure that the surfaces of the lot are regularly checked for hazards. Some of the common dangerous conditions that can result in parking lot accidents include:
- Uneven pavements, including cracks and potholes
- Snow, ice, and standing water
- Loose debris
- Slippery substances
- Poor lighting
- Inadequate security
If you have been seriously injured as a result of an unsafe condition in a parking lot and can prove that the parking lot owner was negligent, you may be entitled to compensation. Hausman & Pendzick has handled countless types of parking lot accident claims and is prepared to assist you with yours.
What should I do after I have been injured in a parking lot?
In order to bring a valid claim for a slip and fall accident, you must obtain as much evidence as possible after the accident has occurred. If you are able, there are a few steps that you should ensure you take after a parking lot accident:
- Call 911 – The police will file a report and dispatch an ambulance.
- Take pictures and videos of the hazardous condition that was a direct result of the accident.
- Gather the names, phone numbers, and emails of any witnesses to the accident. Their testimony may be beneficial to your claim later on
- Be sure to retain an experienced New York personal injury attorney. At Hausman & Pendzick, our legal team can try and obtain additional evidence for you, like security camera footage.
Can I sue for negligence?
If you can prove that the property owner knew or should have known about a hazard on their property and failed to take the necessary steps to fix it, you may have a valid personal injury claim. If you are able to sue for premises liability and negligence as a result of your parking lot accident, you may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, legal fees, and pain and suffering. It is important to ensure that you retain an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you are within the New York statute of limitations for your personal injury claim.
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Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.