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Who is to blame if you are injured in a parking lot?

Whether you are walking, driving or riding in a parking lot in Oakland, one of the first questions that may cross your mind is who is to blame for any injuries you may receive if you have an accident in one. You could shatter your hip in a slip-and-fall accident, suffer a spinal cord injury in a collision or end up critically injured after being hit by a vehicle. There is also the possibility that you may die. Each year, more than 60,000 people become injured in parking lot accidents that involve motorists, states EHSToday. 

Accidents that occur in parking lots are not always the result of victims not paying attention. Usually, they occur because of design issues, hazards and distracted motorists. CBSNews.com states that two-thirds of accidents that occur in shopping center parking structures are from distractions. 

Liability depends on the circumstances 

Property owners are responsible for their parking lots. They must maintain them so they do not have hazards that can cause accidents. For example, when parking structures lack sufficient lighting and a good design, the owners can be held liable. Another example is when motorists drive without paying careful attention to their surroundings and following all traffic and parking lot rules, they compromise everyone’s safety and may be held liable. 

Regardless of what you are doing in a parking lot, you should take measures to protect yourself from the carelessness and neglectfulness of others. Avoid poorly lit areas, damaged surfaces, tight parking spaces and poorly designed parking lots. Do not make assumptions about another person’s attentiveness.

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