With Winter Coming to an End, There are a Lot of Potholes Lurking Beneath the Melting Snow
Spring is officially here. The trees are starting to bud and the birds are beginning to sing that distinctive song that lets everybody know that winter is on its way out the door. Unfortunately, just because the calendar is advancing and the sun feels warmer does not mean that we’re done with snow or its aftermath, and that includes potholes. Potholes can be minor cracks or major fissures, and they can appear on small alleys and on five-lane highways. Whether you are a driver or a pedestrian, you need to understand that with winter coming to an end, there are a lot of potholes lurking beneath the melting snow. Parking lot potholes can cause trip and fall injuries to those who are walking and can cause automobile accidents and severe damage to cars. In both cases, the responsibility for preventing these types of accidents lies with the owner of the property where it is located, or the person responsible for its maintenance. If you have been involved in an accident caused by a parking lot pothole, the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help you with compensation for both personal injuries and property damage.
Pothole accidents often happen because people are not aware that the pothole exists. It may be hidden under snow or may not be visible as a result of poor lighting and visibility. But even potholes that are clearly visible are the responsibility of a property owner. Premises liability laws make it the responsibility of the person who owns or maintains a property to pay attention to its condition and to take appropriate steps to make sure that it is safe for those who may encounter it. If a person suffers a trip and fall accident because they fall into a pothole or as a result of a crack in the surface of their parking lot, then a court is likely to find the property owner legally and financially responsible for the injuries suffered – and though these may be minor, in many cases trip and fall accidents cause serious injuries, and sometimes even lead to death. Likewise, automobiles that strike a parking lot pothole can be thrown out of the driver’s control and crash into a person or another vehicle; they may suffer body damage, a flat tire, or a broken axle.
When parking lot potholes cause an accident or injury that results in these types of damages, the owner of the business connected to the parking lot may be held responsible. So might the property owner, the city or the town. If this has happened to you, the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help. We’ll start by determining the identity of the party who is liable for your damages, then move on to ensuring that you get the compensation that you deserve. Call us today to set up a free consultation.