Orlando Parking Lot Accident Injury Lawyers
Millions of people navigate parking lots throughout the Orlando metropolitan area on a daily basis. While parking lot fender-benders are common hazards, pedestrians walking through a parking lot can be at even greater risk of suffering a serious injury. When a parking lot injury accident does occur, the injured victim may be entitled to compensation through a premises liability lawsuit. At Bailey Fisher, we are committed to helping parking lot accident victims by identifying the responsible party (or parties) and aggressively pursuing compensation for the physical and emotional injuries suffered by the victim.
Common Orlando Parking Lot Accident Causes
Although vehicles driving through a parking lot do present a potential risk to people walking through the parking lot, there are numerous other obstacles and hazards that can cause or contribute to a parking lot accident injury, such as:
- Sub-standard design or construction. A poorly designed parking lot or the use of sub-standard materials can lead to uneven surfaces, excessive water retention, or broken curbs that can cause a pedestrian to slip or trip.
- Failure to maintain the parking lot. Like any other property, a parking lot requires regular inspection and routine maintenance to ensure that things like dangerous potholes are promptly repaired. Failing to make necessary repairs can result in an injury accident.
- Failure to remove dangerous substances or debris. The owner/operator of a parking lot should also inspect and clean the property on a regular basis to ensure that trash, motor oil, and other potentially dangerous substances and items are removed. Failing to do so can cause someone walking through the parking lot to slip or trip.
- Inadequate or non-existent security. Parking lots are notoriously common places for robberies, thefts, and assaults to occur. Lack of adequate security can be a factor when a victim is intentionally attacked and injured in a parking lot.
- Insufficient or improperly maintained lighting. A parking lot should be adequately lit at all times to reduce both moving accidents and pedestrian accidents. Insufficient lighting or lighting that is not functioning can contribute to serious injuries to the pedestrians traversing the property.
Common Orlando Parking Lot Accident Injuries
An Orlando parking lot accident can cause serious, even life-threatening physical injuries to the victim, as well as psychological trauma and financial hardship. Some of the more common injuries suffered by parking lot accident victims include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Broken bones
- Sprains and strains
- “Road rash”
- Infection from cuts and lacerations
- Ongoing psychological conditions from a traumatic assault
Who Is Liable for Injuries Caused in an Orlando Parking Lot Accident?
For the injured victim of an Orlando parking lot accident, the medical bills, lost wages, and emotional trauma can cause significant financial hardship. Making matters worse is the knowledge that the injuries sustained in the accident may have been preventable. The good news, however, is that the law may hold a property owner or occupier legally liable for parking lot accident injuries under the legal theory known as “premises liability.”
Premises liability imposes a legal duty of care on the part of property owners/occupiers towards visitors to the property. The extent of that duty of care depends on whether the visitor is classified as an invitee, an uninvited licensee, or a trespasser. An invitee is someone who was lawfully on the property at the express or implied invitation of the owner to conduct business and/or for the financial gain of the property owner/occupier. If you paid to park your vehicle in a parking lot, for example, you would clearly be classified as an invitee because the owner makes money off of your presence on the property. An uninvited licensee is a person who chooses to come upon the property of another solely for their own convenience without invitation either expressed or reasonably implied under the circumstances, while a trespasser is not on the property legally.
A property owner/occupier owes the highest duty of care to an invitee, requiring the property to be kept in a reasonably safe condition and requiring the owner/occupier to repair or provide notice of any known dangers on the premises as well as any dangerous conditions that they should have known about by reasonable inspection. The duty of care for an uninvited licensee is similar to that of an invitee except that an owner/occupier is not required to repair or provide notice of dangerous conditions of which they were unaware. An owner/occupier is only required to use reasonable care with regard to a trespasser after the trespasser is discovered on the property.
Get Help from Experienced Orlando Parking Lot Accident Injury Lawyers
At Bailey Fisher Law we have the experience, resources, and commitment needed to identify and hold accountable the party (or parties) liable for injuries sustained in an Orlando parking lot accident. We are dedicated to zealously pursuing the maximum compensation available for your physical injuries and emotional trauma suffered in a parking lot accident.
Call us at 407-628-2929 or submit our online form today. One of our experienced Orlando parking lot accident injury lawyers will evaluate your case for free. For viable personal injury cases, we will follow up with the necessary legal action to hold the responsible party accountable for their negligence and recover the financial compensation you deserve for your pain, suffering, and losses.