Who's Responsible if There's No Lighting In a Parking Lot?March 1, 2013 | Category: Automobile Accidents | Share
Recently, a number of people arriving to, and leaving from, a restaurant at night in Gulf Coast Town Center in Estero, FL, noticed a totally "black" parking lot. No lights anywhere. No indication of where a step may be, where the sidewalk ended and the parking lot started. No restaurant management or employee was outside helping patrons even though they were aware the parking lot lights were not working.
Who's responsibility is this should there be a slip and fall accident?
According to Florida Premises Liability laws, the property owner, management company and/or tenant could be held responsible for accidents caused by poor lighting in the parking lot if they knew about the condition.
The University of Wisconsin Accident Prevention: Slips, Trips and Falls, also points out there is an increased danger when moving from light to dark areas, or vice versa, which can cause temporary vision problems making it difficult to see obstacles and notice changes in walking surfaces.
The National Safety Council ranks falls as "one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States, accounting for approximately 8.9 million visits to the emergency departments annually (NSC Injury Facts 2011)".
Slip and Fall Accident Attorney, Randall Spivey, Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. recommends, "Should you or someone you know be injured as the result of a slip and fall accident at a restaurant, theater, grocery store, department store, garage, park, swimming facility, school or other public premises, there are some steps you should take:
- Notify the premises owner, management company and/or tenant immediately.
- Do not wait - seek medical assistance.
- Contact our Florida Slip and Fall Accident Team."
Florida Slip and Fall Attorney, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by less than 2 percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 1,500 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239. 337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.