Gas Station Accidents That Cause Victims to Suffer Serious Injuries
Going to the gas station to fill up is a regular part of life for most people. Many gas stations also have a convenience store, where customers can purchase food, drinks, and groceries. Unfortunately, along with these time-saving services, there are often also dangerous conditions that could lead to an accident and a serious injury.
How People Are Injured at Gas Stations
Service station owners have a duty to keep both the convenience store, parking lot, and pumps in a safe conditions and to put up warning signs of existing hazards. When they or their employees breach this duty, customers may face dangers inside the store, in the parking lot, and at the pump. Common ways people are injured include:
Slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accidents are probably the most common way victims suffer injuries at gas stations. Gas and oil slicks, potholes, spilled food and drink, and debris in the store’s aisles are just a few of the ways individuals suffer back, neck, and spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, and other injuries in a fall.
Negligent security. Customers at gas stations can be victims of violence by other parties when the owner knows that thefts, assaults, and other crimes occur on his property and he fails to provide security measures to protect them. An injured victim may be able to file a premises liability claim against the owner for compensation for his injuries.
Defective gas nozzles. When a gas nozzle handle becomes sharp or abrasive due to defects or wear and tear, it can cause people using it to suffer serious lacerations. Other injuries can occur if fingers get caught in a malfunctioning trigger component or a defective hose snaps and hits an unsuspecting customer.
Gas burns. An individual can suffer a gas burn if the nozzle handle or hose is leaking or he is sprayed with gasoline due to a faulty shutoff valve.
Fires. A deadly fire can occur if another customer throws a cigarette butt on the ground near the pumps or there is exposed wiring or static electricity. Responsibility for compensating the victim will depend on the cause of the fire.
Vehicle accidents. Vehicle accidents can happen at gas stations and can involve one or more vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians. If you or a loved one is a victim of this type of accident, you may have a claim against the negligent driver or the gas station owner if conditions on the property contributed to the crash.
If you were injured in a gas station accident in the Seattle area, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries from the gas station owner or other negligent party. Let our experienced slip and fall attorneys help you identify the responsible parties and negotiate your settlement so that you are fully compensated for your losses. Schedule your free consultation today by calling our office or filling out our convenient online form.