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Common causes of parking lot slip-and-fall accidents

On behalf of Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann & Knopf LLP | Sep 10, 2020 |

When navigating a parking lot, it’s easy to focus so much of your attention on the traffic around you that you neglect to watch where you’re walking. As a result, you’re at greater risk of a slip-and-fall accident.

However, even if you are paying attention to every step you take, you could still suffer a serious injury, such as a concussion, in this type of accident.

Here are four dangers to watch for:

  • Slippery surface: For example, if you’re walking through a parking lot in a rain storm, consider the fact that the pavement could become slippery. Also, pay attention to where you are walking and don’t have your nose in your phone. Oil that has leaked from a car could be anywhere, as well as any type of spilled liquid. The most painful “freak” accidents can sometime be from the most random and unexpected incidents.
  • Cracked pavement: Even small cracks in the pavement put you at risk of a slip-and-fall accident. The same holds true of pavement or sidewalks that are uneven.
  • Debris: Building owners typically put most of their effort into maintaining a clean interior. Conversely, they may neglect the exterior of the building, which includes the parking lot and surrounding areas. It only takes one piece of debris, such as a soda can or newspaper, to cause an accident.
  • Poor lighting: Without proper lighting, it’s difficult to see where you’re going. Even if you’re taking a cautious approach, you never know where your foot will land. If you recognize that a parking lot isn’t as bright as it should be, consider if you’re better off returning at another time.

It’s important to understand the most common causes of parking lot slip-and-fall accidents, but that doesn’t guarantee your safety. Should you slip and fall, the first thing you should do is assess your injuries. If you’re unable to get up and move to safety, call 911 for help or get the attention of a passerby.

Your goal is to receive immediate treatment for your injuries, as this allows you to better understand the impact on your health and future as a whole.

Once you understand your injuries and prognosis, revisit the cause of your slip-and-fall accident. This will help you determine what to do next, which may include legal action against the property owner.