Mississippi Parking Lot Liabilities
Many drivers use at least one parking lot each day. From the grocery store to work, our cars are often left in lots filled with potential dangers. The most common damage to cars while in parking lots is property damage. Loose shopping carts and swinging car doors can leave your vehicle dented and dinged. So, what do you do when something happens to you or your car while in a parking lot?
Premises liability says that property owners have a duty to maintain their property and are responsible for accidents and injuries that occur on their property. This liability not only includes the interior of the property but also the parking lot outside, if they own the parking lot. Note that sometimes, parking lots are owned by other entities, like a City, but permit businesses to utilize the space. Management has a responsibility to maintain the lot to prevent potential hazards. This includes proper lighting, removing dangerous objects, and taking steps to ensure that the lot is not slippery due to weather conditions.
If you are injured in a parking lot of a business as a result of slip, trip or fall, you should contact the business immediately and file an accident report. You should also document the area of your injury and take photographs, if possible.
Injuries that occur due to the negligence of a property owner can be physical, emotional, and even financial. If you are unable to work, you may be able to seek compensation for lost wages as well as medical costs and pain and suffering. Personal injury cases must be filed within three years of the initial accident. This doesn’t mean injured parties should wait. Those seeking compensation should seek the advice of a professional and experienced personal injury attorney.
Car-on-car collisions in parking lots are treated like accidents on the open road. Property damage or personal injury compensation can be sought from the at-fault driver. This doesn’t mean that the driver is the only person liable for the accident. Parking lots that are not in great condition or have obstacles may pose a danger to drivers. In cases where the lot has blind-spots or other dangers, it may be possible to seek compensation from the owner or management company of the property, depending on the circumstances.
As with all auto accidents, collisions that take place in parking lots should be handled in a calm manner. Be sure to check for injuries and damage, exchange contact and insurance information with all drivers involved as well as witnesses and record details that may be important when filing a claim. Take photographs if possible. Car insurance claims often cover much of the damages, but it is possible that these claims may not fully cover your expenses.
Professional Local Advice From a Biloxi Personal Injury Attorney
If you suffer injuries in a parking lot or on someone else’s property, whether personally or to your property, you may be entitled to compensation to help pay for your medical bills and/or property damage. Trying to recovery compensation on your own can often be difficult. Experienced personal injury and auto accident attorneys can help you receive the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Judy Guice based in Biloxi, MS and serving the greater Gulfport area, along with the entire State of Mississippi, have decades of experience available to you. Contact the offices today at online or via phone to schedule a free initial consultation.