New Jersey Parking Lot Slip and Fall Lawyers
Experienced Premises Liability Attorneys Represent Clients Injured in Parking Lot Slip and Fall Accidents Across Morris County, Hudson County, and Throughout NJ
Imagine that you are visiting your favorite store after a heavy snowstorm and you’re out enjoying your day, everything going just right. Then, all of a sudden, you slip and fall in the business’ parking lot and sustain injuries that will forever change your life. For a moment, you think about how you will be able to move forward with your life now that this accident has occurred and threatened your normal, everyday life. Luckily, you have options when it comes to a slip and fall accident that happened in a business parking lot.
Business owners have a duty of care that they must abide by at all times, which you might have already realized. When you think of business owner liability, your first thought might be the inside of the store but the business owner is also responsible for what goes on outside their business if they also have a parking lot to maintain. A business owner actually has a legal duty to care for their parking lot at all times and under any conditions. This means that, if a snowstorm came through and they intend on having their business open, they must reasonably clear any conditions that could potentially lead to a slip and fall scenario.
People fall in these accidents every day in New Jersey, many scenarios in which take place due to the negligence of another party. Our accident attorneys at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari are here to represent the rights of many clients throughout various counties in New Jersey including Morris County, Hudson County, Union County, and Essex County among many others. If a property owner failed to dedicate their time to ensure that a parking lot was kept safe, it might be time to speak with an attorney immediately.
Are Parking Lot Slip and Fall Accidents Preventable?
Every day, people walk across parking lots to exit businesses or find their vehicles without incident. Yes, these accidents are entirely preventable when special care is taken. When a business owner does not clear ice from their walkways or they allow a parking lot to fall into disrepair with potholes and cracks, it is evident that a parking lot slip and fall accident could take place in the blink of an eye. On almost all occasions, these accidents only occur because a property owner has failed to take reasonable steps to repair a parking lot or warn others of the hazards that might be present in these areas.
Here are just a few of the conditions that contribute to these serious accidents every year:
- Uneven pavement
- Potholes caused by vehicles
- Slippery pavement due to wet and icy conditions
- Poor lighting in parking lot areas
- Accumulation of snow
Customers and guests are owed a high duty of care if they utilize a parking lot for business purposes and are permitted onto the property. Nearly all parking lots in existence are there for business purposes, which means that a business owner must always consider how they can care for their parking lot and ensure that all customers and visitors are kept safe from harm. Here are just a few steps that a property owner can take when they are trying to keep their parking lot safe and protect others from harmful situations:
- A business owner should always exercise a reasonable duty of care to inspect a parking lot for any dangerous conditions such as potholes that have gotten out of hand or ice that has accumulated during the winter seasons.
- If there are dangerous conditions present in a parking lot, the business owner should do whatever it takes to warn others of the dangerous situations until they have been fixed. These include matters such as roping off the dangerous area, placing warning signs, and many other acts before the situation can be remedied.
- If there is a present danger, the property owner should vow to fix the dangerous situation in a reasonable amount of time instead of letting it go to cause more harm.
Steps That You Should Take Immediately After Being Injured
If you have been injured in a parking lot slip and fall accident, you should act quickly to retain medical attention as well as speak with an attorney about your options. However, one thing that many individuals forget to do after they have been injured in one of these accidents is to report the accident to all involved parties. If the business does not know about the accident, they will not be able to remedy the situation and keep others safe from harm. They might also claim that they did not know about the accident or that there was no dangerous scenario present at the time of your accident. It is also helpful to report the accident to police so that you have a formal report.
If you have received injuries, you should also seek the experienced help of a medical professional who will be able to help you obtain treatment. Not only will this keep a record of your injuries, but it will also prevent serious injuries from worsening.
Some other steps that you might take are speaking with witnesses who saw the accident take place or snapping a few photographs of the accident scene so that you can preserve the scene as much as possible. All of these steps will protect you in the midst of your claim if you make the decision to move forward.
Schedule a Consultation for the Help You Deserve at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari
After you have been injured in a parking lot slip and fall accident in New Jersey, you might have questions about your premises liability claim. Though these accidents do not happen as commonly as those that take place inside stores, you still have just as many rights and protections after becoming injured in an accident that takes place on a business property. We are here to help you protect your rights under New Jersey law at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari. Please contact us today to find out how we can assist you at (973) 315-5522.
FAQ: I fell on ice in a parking lot even though the company claimed that they took measures to salt the area. Does this mean they are not liable?
No, because companies must go above and beyond to ensure that they have acted in a reasonable manner and protected all parties from harm in a parking lot that they own. This goes above and beyond just spreading salt. If the salt was not enough to take care of the issue, then warning signs or other preventative measures must be used. If the property owner knew about the conditions and the first method did not work, they can still be held liable if an accident occurs.
FAQ: If I didn’t buy anything, does that mean I’m still considered a customer and can file a claim?
If you slipped and fell in the parking lot of a business but you did not buy anything while at the business, they are still liable for your injuries if dangerous conditions were present. You are still known as an ‘invitee’ because the business owner invited anybody onto the property for these purposes. This means that they must keep their parking lots safe from harm to anybody and everybody.