Parking Lot Injuries Caused by Poor Maintenance:
Parking lots can be dangerous . One of the causes of injury is actually motor vehicle collisions. The other cause of injury is a trip and fall. Some parking lots are kept in such disarray that serious collisions are essentially inevitable.
Large potholes and damaged, deteriorating cement parking blocks can cause drivers to lose control even at low speeds.
Whether the lot is owned by the city or a business, it must be properly maintained with adequate signage, direction markings, speed limits, pavement conditions, sidewalks, lighting, and visibility (overgrown trees, dumpsters, and other obstacles may inhibit visibility in some parking lots). The main threat to pedestrians and cyclists in parking lots is the presence of cars and trucks, but poorly maintained road surfaces can also cause bikes to crash and pedestrians to twist an ankle or trip and fall.
Common parking lot maintenance issues include:
Ice or snow not removed;
Broken concrete parking blocks;
Crumbling concrete and gravel scattered everywhere;
No sidewalks or nonfunctional sidewalks (a sidewalk that leads to nowhere);
Lack of other pedestrian safeguards, such as crosswalks and warning signs;
Blind corners without stop signs;
Lack of speed bumps;
Slippery stairs or no handrail on the stairs;
Elevator in disrepair;
Slippery walking or driving surfaces that should have had more grip (such as slip resistant paint);
Spilled products, oil slicks, etc.
No reflective materials used in signs or post markings; and
Debris blocking roadway.
Have You Been the Victim of a Parking Lot or Parking Garage Accident?
If you were injured due to a poorly maintained parking lot, as a pedestrian, cyclists, or as a driver, you need to contact an attorney at once. The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers here at Cooper Schall and Levy can be reached today. Call us for a free consultation 215 561 3313.