Can You Sue If You're Injured In A Parking Lot?
New York parking lots are treacherous areas for accidents. You don’t expect to get injured while walking in a parking lot and car drivers are often careless while parking. Negligent drivers, poor or broken signage, insufficient lighting, uneven pavement, inadequate maintenance, and hazardous objects, can make parking lots substantially dangerous.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a NY parking lot accident, you should reach out to an experienced premises liability attorney. Generally, a victim can sue if their injury is the result of unsafe conditions on the parking lot that could have been avoided or prevented with due diligence.
Causes of Parking Lot Accidents in New York
Thousands of pedestrians get injured in serious accidents in parking lots and garages each year. Here are a few common causes of parking lot accidents:
- Driver negligence
- Icy conditions
- Debris in the parking lot
- Broken pavement
- Poor lighting
Suing the Owner of the Parking Lot
Under premises liability law, you can file a claim against the parking lot owner, or adjacent store owner, if you get injured on their property as a result of negligence.
An experienced personal injury attorney in New York City can be useful in such situations by proving that the store owner should have been reasonably aware of the danger. For instance, if you experienced a slip and fall because of an iced over parking lot, your lawyer will work to prove that the management should have been aware of the slippery conditions by using weather reports.
Statute of Limitations to Sue Someone for a Parking Lot Injury in New York
If you were injured in a parking lot, you do not need to wait until you recover from your injuries to file a claim. In general, personal injury victims get three years from the date of the accident to file a claim.
You can lose your right to sue if you make the mistake of waiting too long. You should consult with a seasoned premises liability attorney about filing a claim. The settlement amount will depend on the overall damage to the plaintiff and legal liability of the defendant.
Determining Fault in Parking Lot Accidents
There are several different types of accidents that can occur on a parking lot, which makes it important to consult with a qualified attorney for fault determination. For instance, if it is a slip and fall accident, you may want to sue the store owner, whereas, if you were hit by a car you may want to sue the driver involved.
There are also different legal standards for government-run parking lot. You will need to file a notice of claim within 90 days.
Get a Free Case Evaluation from Our Seasoned Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or someone you love was injured in a parking lot accident, you should speak with the skilled injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC as soon as possible. Our law firm, led by the tough and seasoned attorney Michael “the Bull” Lamonsoff, has a century’s worth of combined experience in handling complex personal injury cases. We pride ourselves in providing clients with the dedicated and passionate legal representation they deserve. Schedule your free case review with our lawyers today. Call us at 212-962-1020 or contact us online.