Parking lots are commonly seen as a lawless no-man’s land. Serious injury accidents too often result.
Motorists frequently let their guard down when pulling into a parking lot. They may pick up their cell phone, drive against directional markings, ignore crosswalks and stop signs, and make other dangerous driving decisions they would not make on a public street. However, most rules of the road, and the corresponding assignment of accident liability, apply to parking lot collisions just as they would to collisions that occur on public roads.
When injury occurs to a pedestrian not involving a motor vehicle, the laws of premises liability will most often apply. Colorado’s premises liability laws, found under Section 13-21-115, impose duties on property owners, managers or tenants based on the visitor’s status as an invitee, licensee or trespasser.
In still other cases, the laws governing both the safe operation of a motor vehicle and the rules of premises liability will apply. Additionally, when it comes to property injuries, liable parties may include a business, as well as a property maintenance company, a property manager, and a property owner. It’s easy to see why these cases can quickly become complex and victims are best served by early consultation with an experienced personal injury law firm in Denver.
In most cases, victims of parking lot accidents will be considered an Invitee: An invitee is on a property to conduct business, and is therefore owed the highest duty of care. Those injured are entitled to collect damages if a danger or hazard exists that an owner, tenant or manager knew about or should have known about through reasonable diligence.
Common examples of parking lot injuries include:
Regardless of whether an at-fault driver or poor property maintenance is to blame, your Denver personal injury lawyer must prove the same elements in an injury lawsuit:
The common presence of more than one defendant means your chosen law firm will need to prove liability against multiple parties, their insurance companies and their attorneys. Such claims are often complicated by defendants attempting to shift blame among themselves and so failure to identify all liable parties can result in a liability finding against an unnamed party, which can significantly reduce a victim’s ability to collect all of the damages to which they are entitled.
Like most types of property injury cases, victims are best served by early consultation with an experienced Denver premises liability lawyer who can thoroughly review the facts and circumstances as soon as possible after an accident - before property owners or managers can make repairs.
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