Take Measures to Avoid Parking Lot Injuries
Slip and fall accidents are no joke. It is estimated that over a million Americans each year go to an urgent care or the emergency room with injuries from tripping and falling. Many people slip and fall in parking lots. In fact, more people slip and fall on parking lots or sidewalks than anywhere else.
If a customer or client has a parking lot accident, are you liable for parking lot injuries? Here’s a list of parking lot injuries you may be liable for and how you can protect yourself through parking lot maintenance and asphalt repair.
Parking Lot Injuries
One of the most common parking lot injuries is broken bones. Broken bones can occur in a variety of ways in a parking lot. If there is water or cracks in your parking lot, your clients might slip and break a bone or two. Far more likely is a parking lot fall due to a pothole in the asphalt.
Another common injury is a concussion or head trauma. Often, the injured person doesn’t see a tripping hazard such as a crack or lift in the asphalt, and an accident occurs. Slips and falls also happen if you have a depression in the asphalt. While a concussion is usually a minor injury, if it is severe enough, it may result in a traumatic brain injury.
Your customers may also have spinal cord or neck injuries from a parking lot accident, as well as severe lacerations (or cuts), or joint injuries to ankles, knees, shoulders, and elbows. If a customer sustains a parking lot injury, you may be liable for their medical bills.
What Is My Liability with Parking Lot Injuries?
Most states, including Florida, have laws pertaining to parking lot safety. In some cases, property owners can also be liable for damages from a car accident in their parking lot as well.
Florida allows people to get money for medical bills, lost wages, and even for emotional damage caused by the injury. Injury law sometimes allows for additional damages because the owner or manager did not practice duty of care through parking lot repair and asphalt maintenance.
How Can I Practice Good Property Management?
Many owners think that their liability for customer injuries ends at their front door. However, the owner responsible for the slip or fall has to pay when a customer is injured in their parking lots as well.
As a property owner, you can prevent a lot of parking lot injuries by practicing good parking lot maintenance. You may need to schedule sealcoating for your parking lot to avoid accidents. Your parking lot may need pothole repair as well. The sooner you get your parking lot repaired, the sooner you can stop worrying that a customer is going to get hurt.
Contact ACPLM for Parking Lot Maintenance and Repairs to Prevent Parking Lot Injuries
ACPLM has been working in Florida for many years, helping our customers with quality repairs and maintenance of their parking lots. We can fix any cracks, breaks, potholes, and asphalt depressions you have in your parking lot.
If your parking lot needs maintenance or repairs, don’t hesitate to contact our team today. We can help you restore your parking lot and reduce your worries about slips and falls and customer safety.