If you were hurt in a parking lot slip and fall, you may be entitled to damages from the property owner. Learn how their negligence causes these accidents.

What Are the Leading Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Seattle-Area Parking Lots?

If you are like most people, you park your car in several parking lots throughout the day. Whether at the grocery store, mall, or your place of employment, the parking lots you use may put you at risk of a slip and fall accident. This could cause you to suffer long-term, painful injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, fractured bones, and back injuries.

How Slip and Falls Happen in Parking Lots

Owners of parking lots have a duty to keep them well-maintained and to warn guests of potential hazards. When they breach this duty, a slip and fall accident is likely. Here are some common dangerous conditions that lead to tragic injuries:

  • Ice and snow. While the Seattle area does not get as much snow as other parts of the country, there can be snow in the winter and icy conditions are not uncommon. When owners fail to remove snow and ice from their parking lots, they can become very slippery and treacherous.
  • Potholes and cracks. The asphalt and concrete that comprise parking lots can become damaged and crumble over time due to wear and tear. This can cause potholes, cracks, and uneven surfaces. When owners fail to properly maintain their parking lots, an unsuspecting victim can trip and fall on the hard concrete or asphalt.
  • Insufficient lighting. When lights are broken or insufficient, it can make it impossible for people walking in the parking lot to see an upcoming hazard.
  • Debris and spills. In our fast-paced world, it is common for people to eat and drink on the go, including while they are walking to and from their destinations. When spills and debris are not cleaned up in a parking lot, it can cause a slip and fall hazard.
  • Lack of warning signs. Property owners have a duty to put up warning signs when there are hazards, such as a pothole, that endanger people. Breaches of this duty leads to many preventable injuries.

If you were injured in a parking lot slip and fall accident, you may need to fight for the compensation you deserve even if the owner’s liability is clear cut. Our experienced slip and fall attorneys understand the tactics their insurance companies use to deny and reduce these claims and are here to fight for your legal rights. Call our office today to schedule your free consultation with a member of our legal team.