Parking Lot Injury
Coral Springs, Florida: When people think of parking lot accidents, they
usually picture two automobiles colliding with one another. These types
of accidents certainly are very common (in fact, our office handles many
cases where a person has been injured as a result of a parking lot collision).
But in addition to car crashes, thousands of pedestrians are also seriously
injured every year while merely walking in parking lots, most from trip
or slip and fall accidents.
In Florida, we do not have any mass transit system like they have in places
such as New York, Boston, or Chicago. Instead, most Floridians travel
from place to place by automobile. Accordingly, there are thousands and
thousands of parking lots in our state. And when these parking lots are
not adequately maintained, they can contain a multitude of dangerous conditions
for pedestrians, including cracked walking surfaces, uneven drains, unpainted
wheel stops, slippery pavement, and much more.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a parking lot, contact
our law office a
(954) 833-1440. At Law Offices Cytryn & Velazquez, P.A., we are dedicated to fighting
for those who are injured as a result of somebody else’s negligence.
We offer free consultations, and you do not even have to come into our
office for the sign-up. We can e-mail you documents remotely so you do
not have to worry about leaving your home during these difficult times.
Parking Lot Hazards
As parking lot injury attorneys in Florida, we represent individuals who
have been injured due to all sorts of parking lot hazards. Throughout
our state, poorly maintained parking lots are filled with potential dangers
for pedestrians, including:
Potholes, and cracked or uneven pavement and walking surfaces. Over time, the pavement in parking lots will often deteriorate and develop
defects. For example, anybody that has ever been in a Florida parking
lot has surely noticed potholes. These usually occur when water seeps
through the pavement and erodes the soil underneath the pavement. This
weakens the ground, and then vehicular traffic passes over the weakened
ground and collapses the surface. Some potholes are deep and wide, whereas
others are small and shallow. When a person is walking through a parking
lot, it’s easy to fail to recognize a pothole or other cracked or
uneven surface, especially when there’s no differentiation in color
to alert a person to the change in level. You can be walking through the
parking lot one moment, and the next moment your foot strikes an uneven
portion of pavement and you go crashing to the ground.
Unpainted or improperly placed wheel stops and speed bumps. In addition to pavement defects, parking lots oftentimes contain a number
of other trip and fall hazards such as wheel stops (a/k/a car bumpers
or parking blocks) and speed bumps. A person can easily trip and fall
over wheel stops or speed bumps, particularly those that are the same
or similar color to the ground. When these obstructions are not painted
to differentiate them from the asphalt or concrete pavement, a person
walking through the parking lot won’t readily notice these changes
in level. Wheel stops pose an additional danger to pedestrians when they
are placed in pedestrian pathways, when they aren’t properly centered
within parking spaces, and when rebar protrudes from the top of the wheel
stop, making it easy to trip and fall over the wheel stop.
Poor lighting. When a parking lot is not properly illuminated, there is a real risk that
pedestrians will be unable to adequately see the ground in front of them
when it’s dark outside. As a result, a person traversing a parking
lot at night can easily trip and fall over debris on the ground, uneven
pavement, uneven drains, wheel stops, speed bumps, and other hazards on
the ground. Sometimes the parking lot is not adequately illuminated because
there just are not enough (or any) light poles. Other times, the lack
of lighting is due to broken or burned out light bulbs. Whatever the cause,
a lack of sufficient lighting at night is a serious hazard in parking lots.
Slippery parking lines paint or striping. Nearly all parking lots have areas where the pavement is painted, whether
for parking stripes, handicap space markings, directional symbols, or
to identify crosswalks. Quite often, the painted areas become extremely
slippery when wet, creating a significant slip and fall risk for persons
walking through the parking lot. (A lot of the paint products used in
parking lots actually have labels on the paint cans stating that the paint
becomes slippery when wet.) The thing is, this dangerous condition can
readily be mitigated by using a paint additive such as sand or some other
gritty substance. The addition of sand or another gritty substance to
the paint results in a textured surface that is much less slippery, and
much safer for pedestrians. Even though this is a cheap and simple fix,
many parking lot owners fail to ensure that the paint used in their parking
lots contains a sand or gritty material additive. As a result of this
negligence, pedestrians are exposed to an unnecessary risk when the painted
portion of the pavement becomes wet and slippery.
Slick walking surfaces. Another unsafe condition in parking lots occurs when the concrete or asphalt
surface itself becomes slippery. This frequently happens when vehicles
leak a fluid such as oil or antifreeze. When these fluids leak onto the
ground, they cause the pavement to become extremely slick. Obviously,
the presence of oil and other substances on the ground is a significant
slip and fall risk. And this risk is further magnified after it rains
and the oil or other substance mixes with water, causing the ground to
become even more slippery. And as anybody who has been in Florida for
more than a few days knows, it pretty much constantly rains in our state.
Unfortunately, a person walking in a parking lot might not even notice
that the ground is slippery until after their foot slips from under them
and they fall violently to the ground.
Florida Law Requires Parking Lots to Be Reasonably Maintained
As experienced Florida parking lot injury lawyers, we know that insurance
adjusters and defense attorneys tend to fight parking lot negligence cases
tooth and nail. They like to argue that the property owner, manager, or
possessor isn’t liable for your injuries for any number of reasons,
including that the dangerous condition was “open and obvious”
and that you should have noticed the hazard before you slipped, tripped, or fell.
But in Florida, even if the danger was open and obvious, the entity or
person who owns, manages, or controls the parking lot has a duty to maintain
the premises in a reasonably safe condition. Regardless of whether the
parking lot is a stand-alone parking lot or garage, or part of a
hotel, condominium or apartment complex, shopping center, grocery store, restaurant,
or some other facility, the property owner, manager, or possessor must
ensure that the parking lot is reasonably safe for pedestrian traffic.
This includes making reasonable inspections of the parking lot to ensure
that there are no unreasonably dangerous conditions for people passing
through the parking lot.
In addition to reasonably maintaining the parking lot, the property owner,
manager, or possessor also has a duty to warn persons of concealed dangers
at the premises. So, when the danger is not open and obvious the parking
lot must contain sufficient warnings alerting you to the concealed hazard.
Experienced Parking Lot Negligence Attorneys in Florida
When you suffer an injury in a parking lot, it is important to have an
experienced attorney on your side. At Law Offices Cytryn & Velazquez,
P.A., our attorneys have decades of experience fighting insurance companies
and representing clients who have been injured as a result of negligent
property owners and managers. We handle cases all across the state of
Florida. Founding attorney Dan Cytryn is a Florida Bar Board Certified
Civil Trial Lawyer who is a specialist and expert in fall injury cases.
Attorney Cytryn has handled numerous cases where clients have fallen in
parking lots, including obtaining a $670,000[*]jury verdict in a case where our client was injured while walking through
a parking lot when he tripped and fell over a concrete parking block at
the bottom of a ramp, and he ultimately died. The man’s children
sued for wrongful death. Attorney Cytryn argued to the jury that the parking
block and ramp were in violation of multiple building codes.
If you have been injured as a result of negligence in a parking lot, you
may be able to recover monetary compensation for damages, including pain
and suffering, lost wages, past and future medical expenses, and more.
But you need an experienced attorney protecting your interests and making
sure that the negligent parties are held accountable for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a parking lot incident anywhere
contact our office now at
(954) 833-1440 for a free case evaluation. At your convenience, we can meet with you
via video or telephone conference.
[*] Reduced to $400,000 due to comparative negligence