When Inadequate Lighting in a Parking Lot Causes a Slip and Fall
February 3, 2018
When you enter a parking lot, you usually aren’t thinking about the lighting because you’re more concerned about walking out of the lot or finding your car. However, the truth is, there could be many adverse conditions on pathways in parking lots, especially if there is ice on the ground or cracks that you can’t see without adequate light. Every year, many accidents are caused by inadequate lighting in parking lots, leading to slip and falls. Many businesses find that LED lights are the best option for them, because they do well in parking lots and support multiple luminaries. They are efficient and long-lasting options. However, with businesses sometimes misunderstanding the importance of good lighting, accidents are bound to occur.
How Inadequate Lighting Causes Accidents
Inadequate lighting cases are premises liability cases, where hazards become prevalent because business owners refused to take care to ensure the safety of others. Here are two ways that these accidents occur:
- Perhaps a property was safe, but now lack of proper lighting has made it an unsafe scenario. Lack of lighting can cause visitors to trip and fall when certain conditions become concealed in the darkness.
- It can also mask hazardous conditions that might have been there previously, such as a foreign substance that has been spilled in a parking lot. These conditions might have already been dangerous, but are now made even more dangerous because they were concealed by the dark.
In some cases, these accidents occur because a business owner knew that there was inadequate lighting but did nothing to prevent people from entering a certain area. Take for example: A property owner learns that their bulbs burned out in one area of the parking lot, and it is now shrouded in darkness. However, instead of roping off that area until they could have the issue fixed, they leave it open to the public and somebody falls. The owner of the property could be held liable for not giving customers a heads up to prevent the accident from happening.
Holding a Party Liable
If you have been injured in a slip and fall due to inadequate lighting, you might have a case and be able to receive damages for your related injuries. A property owner can be found liable if they should have known about the poor lighting and did nothing to remedy the situation. In most cases, liability fully falls onto the owner of the property when inadequate lighting has caused injuries. This is because property owners are supposed to do everything in their nature to keep a property safe from all harm.
Perhaps a witness also saw the accident occur, or knew that the property was unsafe due to inadequate lighting. You must be able to show that a hazardous condition caused your accident, and the owner should have known that the lighting was insufficient. You will start by filing a lawsuit for your slip and fall claim, so you will need an experienced attorney on your side throughout the process. At Will Ferguson & Associates, we understand all types of premises liability claims and can help in your time of need. Give us a call today at (505) 633-7070.