Parking lot accidents are far more common than most people realize. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), approximately 20 percent of all vehicle accidents occur in parking lots, and these incidents account for roughly 30 percent of pedestrian accidents.
In fact, research from the National Security Council shows that the more than 50,000 crashes that occur in parking lots each year lead to approximately 60,000 injuries.
Some of these, such as broken bones, internal injuries, head traumas, and spine or back injuries, can be quite serious.
When a pedestrian is injured in a parking lot accident, the first line of recourse is to file a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit against the at-fault party, which allows an individual to pursue compensation for a wide range of damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and others. However, depending on the details of the case, the injured pedestrian may also have grounds for a premises liability claim against the business that owns the lot.
Business owners have a duty to take reasonable measures to protect customers from being injured on the premises. This duty includes installing parking lot pedestrian crosswalks in a prudent manner, and posting appropriate warning signs and traffic signals. Business owners who fail to take reasonable precautions to protect customers from harm while in their parking lots may be held partially liable for the accidents and injuries that occur.
Were You Injured in a Parking Lot Pedestrian Accident?
If you were seriously injured in a pedestrian accident that occurred in a parking lot, you may be entitled to compensation. The seasoned premises liability and pedestrian accident attorneys with the Accident and Injury Law Group can review your case to determine if you have grounds for claims against both the at-fault driver and the business itself.
Contact the Accident and Injury Law Group today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation.