Parking Lot Accident in New York City
Parking lots are the location of a surprising number of fall accidents and pedestrian accidents in New York City. Unfortunately, victims who trip and fall in parking lots often suffer serious injuries. You may suffer a broken hip, broken arm, other broken bones, lacerations on your face, and head injuries. You may require intensive medical treatment and a lengthy rehabilitation.
Freezing weather and heavy vehicle traffic take a toll on parking lots in NYC over time, causing pavement to crack and potholes to develop. Parking lot owners may be legally liable for failure to maintain a parking lot in reasonably safe condition or provide warning of hazards that could cause a fall accident. If you were seriously injured in an unsafe parking lot, you may have a right to make a claim against the property owner’s insurance and demand full compensation for your medical bills and related expenses.
At David Resnick & Associates, P.C., our NYC injury lawyers have more than two decades of experience representing New Yorkers who have been hurt in slip, trip, and fall accidents in parking lots. Over the years, we’ve handled many parking lot accidents claims. We can review the details of your parking lot injury and discuss your legal options free of charge. If we handle your claim, we will work on a contingency fee basis so you will not have any upfront expenses to retain a lawyer. We only get paid if we are successful in securing compensation for you.
We are ready to help you hold the person or business that caused your accident financially responsible for your injury. Don’t wait to contact us at (212) 279-2000. Depending on the ownership of the lot, you may have as little as 90 days to begin the notification process to make a parking lot accident claim.
Common Causes of Accidents in Parking Lots
There are a host of potential trip and slip hazards in New York City parking lots. Some of them are unique to parking lots. Someone walking through a dark parking space could step in a pothole , trip and injure himself or herself.
Some of the most common causes of parking lot accidents include:
- Potholes, pavement cracks, and uneven surfaces
- Standing water, ice or oil
- Debris, broken glass or litter left in the parking lot
- Improperly marked barrier or extension cord
- Low or absent lighting
- Cars backing up
- Drivers failing to check blind spots
- Snow plows
- Drivers using cell phones or other personal devices while parking
- Drivers driving too fast in parking lots or parking garages
The liability for a parking lot accident depends on how the accident occurred.
Being struck by a vehicle in a parking lot may cause a person to fall. Distracted drivers may be liable for causing accidents in parking lots just as they may be held liable for pedestrian accidents on the street. A driver who is distracted may fail to check for anyone walking behind a vehicle before backing out of a parking space and hit a person on foot.
It’s important to know that property owners are required under New York state law to keep the area they own safe and free of foreseeable hazards. When they fail to keep a property free of hazards and you are seriously injured as a result, a parking lot injury attorney can argue that the property owner was negligent. The claim involves an area of law called premises liability. You need to hire a NYC attorney experienced with premises liability claims to have the best chance of recovering full compensation for your injuries.
If a careless driver caused your parking lot injury through negligence or recklessness, you may have a pedestrian accident claim. If you’re not sure whether your injury counts, contact us to schedule a free consultation. With a lawyer’s help, you can demand that the at-fault party compensate you for your medical expenses and other losses.
Parking Lot Injuries
Parking lot injuries vary from minor to severe, depending on the circumstances of your accident. Often, the most serious parking lot injuries involve vehicles. A two-ton car moving slowly can still cause serious damage to an unprotected pedestrian.
It may surprise you to learn that slipping or tripping and falling can cause serious injuries as well. According to the CDC, falling is a major cause of injury-related death in the United States. That’s why keeping New York parking lots maintained and free of obstacles is so important to your safety.
Here are some common parking lot injuries:
- Fractured hips
- Broken long bones, such as the femurs, clavicles, or ulnas
- Sprained or broken ankles and wrists
- Neck injuries, including broken vertebrae
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Crush injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Facial injuries, including disfigurement
- Trauma such as internal bleeding
To begin a premises liability claim, your injury needs to be serious enough to require medical attention and to have caused significant harm. In other words, if you can treat your injury yourself with a bandage and some antiseptic, you may not be able to begin a claim.
It’s important to seek medical attention after your injury. A doctor’s report also documents your injury and will be helpful if you file a claim. A medical professional’s records of your injury can be critical to your personal injury or premises liability case. In a free consultation, the attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., can evaluate whether your injury meets the requirements for a New York personal injury claim and who should be responsible for your medical bills, lost income from missed work, and pain and suffering.
What Is the Parking Lot Owner’s Obligation?
In New York, compensation for personal injury and premises liability cases depends on proving that the person or business that hurt you violated what is called the duty of care. Commercial property owners have a duty to maintain their property in reasonably safe condition for visitors.
When you suffer a parking lot injury, often the at-fault, or liable, party is the parking lot’s owner. If you have to walk through a dark parking garage because the owner never replaced broken lights and fall as a consequence, we can argue that the owner should have kept their lot well lit. When you hire our firm, we’ll investigate your accident so that we can prove just how the owner of the lot was negligent. Once we do that, we’ll demand that they pay you full, fair compensation.
In some parking lot accidents, the at-fault party is actually a driver, rather than the lot owner. If that’s the case, our attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., can pursue a personal injury claim against the driver and their insurance company. Our attorney will identify the person, business, or government entity that owns the parking lot and who is liable for your injuries.
If you find yourself asking, “What do I do now? I fell in the parking lot at work.” Remember that you can take legal action. Your employer may own the lot, or they may lease it from some other owner. In either situation, you can file a premises liability claim to secure compensation from the owner of the lot if you’ve been hurt.
If you’re injured in a municipal parking lot (one owned by the New York City Department of Transportation or another government agency), you need to consult an injury lawyer as soon as possible. Under New York law, you only have 90 days from the date of your injury to submit notification of a pending claim against the City. Even if you’re injured in a privately owned parking lot, don’t wait too long. The statute of limitations for filing a premises liability claim against a business owner in New York state is generally three years.
Compensation for Parking Lot Injuries
As your parking lot injury lawyers, our goal when we begin a premises liability or personal injury claim is to recover compensation for the financial losses that the liable party caused you to have.
Slip and fall parking lot settlements can include financial compensation for:
- The treatment of your injury, past and future
- The income you lost
- Ongoing rehabilitation and disability
- The cost of in-home care or assistance you now need because of the injury
- The subjective cost of your pain and suffering
With the help of our compassionate team of NYC lawyers, David Resnick & Associates, P.C., can work to help you pursue just compensation and move forward after a serious parking lot fall accident.
Contact David Resnick & Associates, P.C., for a Free Parking Lot Accident Consultation
At David Resnick & Associates, P.C., our experienced premises liability lawyers will be ready to help you seek full compensation if you’ve been hurt in a parking lot accident in New York. We’re a small law firm, and we’re proud of the personalized attention we can provide because of it. Our offices are conveniently located in Manhattan, and we serve all five boroughs. Our bilingual staff speaks English and Spanish. Call us today at (212) 279-2000 or fill out our form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.