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Liability for slip-and-fall accidents in parking lots

On Behalf of | Dec 2, 2023 | Premises Liability

Many situations require people to use Mississippi parking lots. You might be shopping, visiting a friend or seeing a doctor. The area should be kept safe; however, parking lot owners are liable if you’re involved in a slip-and-fall in a parking lot and suffer injuries.

Common causes of slip-and-falls in parking lots

Certain situations beyond your control can lead to injury and just cause for a premises liability lawsuit. The pavement in parking lots should be in good condition and free of cracks. If the ground is uneven, it can cause a trip hazard.

Premises owners are obligated to ensure that common walking areas in their parking lots are kept clear of wet, snowy or icy conditions. Standing water or ice can cause people to experience a slip-and-fall. Even clutter left out in the open can pose accident risks if the area isn’t blocked off and signage is not posted warning of the dangers.

Poor lighting is another reason why someone might have a slip-and-fall accident in a parking lot. If people can’t see where they’re going, it can lead to falls and injuries. Once an owner becomes aware of a dangerous situation, they must correct it or at least place adequate warnings where people can see them before fixing the problem.

Potentially liable parties

Depending on the factors of the situation, different parties might be liable for a parking lot slip-and-fall accident. In many instances, the property owner is responsible because they must ensure that the area is kept clear of debris, clutter and hazardous weather effects. If the area is in disrepair, they can be held liable for not repairing it.

In some cases, business owners or operators can be held liable. Store or restaurant owners must keep their parking lots in safe condition to prevent accidents. Landlords may also be responsible if the parking lot is part of an apartment complex.

A government entity can also be a liable party. However, premises liability cases involving government entities may be complex. In some cases, the government may even have immunity.

Injuries sustained in a parking lot slip-and-fall can be serious. Seeking medical attention and knowing the liable party are crucial.