Parking lot accidents occur much more frequently than we may think. If you were injured as a result of a property owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of George Poulos to discuss your case today.
What are the causes of parking lot accidents in New York?
Parking lot accidents usually happen as a result of another’s negligence. For instance, when a motorist does not see a pedestrian walking as they are backing out of their parking space, they may strike them. Parking lot accidents can also be caused by negligent property owners. Parking lot owners, like all other property owners, have a duty to ensure that their premises are kept safe for all of those who enter them. There are various types of hazards that can occur in parking lots, including:
- Snow, ice, or standing water left unattended
- Poor lighting
- Potholes, uneven or cracked surfaces
- Inadequate security
- Loose debris
The hazards mentioned above are just a few of the dangerous conditions that may cause accidents in a parking lot. If a parking lot owner fails to take the proper care to get rid of these hazards, people can be injured as a result.
What should I do after a parking lot accident?
If you are injured as a result of a parking lot accident and you would like compensation, it is very important that you obtain evidence from your accident pointing to the parking lot owner’s negligence in order to bolster your chances of recovering damages. If you are able, follow these steps directly after your accident:
- Call 911 – The police will file a report and dispatch an ambulance to the scene of the accident.
- Take photos and videos of the hazardous conditions and your injuries.
- Gather contact information from any witnesses to the accident. They may be able to provide more useful information later on in your legal claim.
- Seek medical attention and ensure your injuries are properly treated. Ask your doctor for medical documentation that outlines the origin and severity of your injuries.
- Retain an experienced New York personal injury lawyer that can obtain additional evidence that can be key to your personal injury claim, like security camera footage.
How long do I have to file my personal injury claim?
The state of New York has imposed a three-year deadline, otherwise known as the statute of limitations, from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit against a negligent party. If you wait and do not act within this timeframe, you will likely lose the opportunity to file a claim and recover the compensation that you deserve.
Personal injury claims are time-pressing. Do not wait. Contact our firm today.
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The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, bankruptcy, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. We understand the implications of a serious accident, which is why we take pride in tenaciously representing our clients. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.