Car Park Slip Accident Claim *
Car parks are generally busy environments with large amounts of both vehicles and pedestrians in the area. Having this much traffic in one space may lead to an accident *, with people sustaining various injuries as a result. A common type of accident in car parks is slips, trips and falls *. They can be caused for a number of reasons depending on a number of different factors. If you have sustained an injury following slip and fall in a car park and have decided to make a claim for damages, your claim will be made through the Personal Injuries Assessment Board.
Who is Liable?
Following a car park slip accident * it can be difficult to determine who is responsible as the car park may be owned privately or publicly.
Publicly owned car parks are generally looked after and maintained by the local council in the area. They are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of public land and have a duty of care to ensure the health and safety of members of the public who will be on the property. They are required to carry out frequent risk assessments which will help to both identify and eliminate risks. If there are any hazards which could potentially lead to an accident that cannot be eliminated right away, there should be warning signs in place to make people aware of this. If it is found that the council have breached their duty of care and acted negligently which in turn led to the cause of an accident then they will be found liable. They must take reasonable steps to ensure that the health and safety of all members of the public is a priority.
Car parks which are privately owned are maintained by the occupier or owner of the premises in which they are located. They also have a duty of care to car park users to ensure their health and safety. This is outlined in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1995. The Act states that an occupier of a premises owes a reasonable level of duty of care to any visitors to their property. This means that they should have a regard for their health and safety at all times and ensure that they do not sustain any injuries * while on the premises. Privately owned car parks would generally be owned by car park companies or individual shops which are located on the property also. Following an accident * where an individual sustained injuries, the occupier or owner may be found liable following negligent behaviour and failure to ensure health and safety.
- Breaks and fractures
- Sprains and strains
- Cuts and lacerations
- Head injuries
- Injuries to the legs and feet
- Back injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
This is one of the most common causes of accidents in a car park * as people may trip and fall * on uneven or damaged footpaths. It is up to the owner of the car park to ensure that it is maintained to a high standard so as to reduce the risk of an accident occurring. If a damaged footpath has been reported and noted but nothing can be done to fix the issue straight away then there should be procedures in place on what to do during this time such as blocking off the damaged area or having warning signs in place to make people aware.
It is important that there is adequate lighting in all car parks so as to avoid both vehicle and pedestrian accidents. Inadequate lighting could make obstacles difficult to see which could lead to slips, trips and falls.
Poor Road conditions
If roads are not maintained to a high standard it is likely that an accident * will occur as a result. Car parks and road surfaces should be maintained and checked regularly to reduce the chance of accidents.
Injuries are commonly caused due to spillages of oil, petrol or other liquids. This is one of the leading causes of many slip and fall accidents *. If spillages are not cleaned up it can lead to an accident occurring as people may not have time to react to the situation if they are not aware of the hazard. There should be practices and procedures in place on how to deal with a hazardous situation in a timely manner so as to avoid injury.
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