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Parking Ramp Falls

Hollywood and surrounding communities have parking ramps and large multi-storied parking to provide residents and visitors with convenient places to park. These communities also have parking ramps for wheelchair and scooter users. Parking ramps provide convenience, but each year they are also the site of thousands of trips, slip and fall accidents, and falls.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a fall on a parking ramp or in a parking garage, contact Flaxman Law Group at any time for a free consultation. The attorneys at our law firm have all too often seen parking garage owners shift the blame for injuries and we have too often seen people who have been injured struggling to pay medical bills for their injuries. We want to make a difference in your case. If you think you may have a claim, do not hesitate to contact us at Flaxman Law Group for a free case review.

Common Causes of Parking Ramp Falls

There are many reasons why parking ramp falls happen, but the most common causes of these accidents are:

  • Spilled oil
  • Potholes
  • Debris
  • Poorly designed parking spaces or ramps
  • Lack of pedestrian access
  • Inadequate areas for pedestrians walking to and from their cars
  • Steep inclines
  • Inadequate signs or pavement markings
  • Cracked or uneven surfaces or pavement
  • Poor designed curbs and islands
  • Lack of needed railings
  • Poorly maintained or poorly lit staircases
  • Poor lighting
  • Slippery surfaces

The reality is that engineers need to take extra precaution when designing parking ramps. These areas often involve both pedestrian and car traffic, so extra care needs to be taken to ensure that all users can stay safe. Indoor parking can also have poor lighting, so engineers need to create an area that allows for optimal visibility and property owners have an obligation to make sure that lighting remains a priority.

Why are Parking Lot Falls so Dangerous?

There are a few additional dangers inherent with parking ramp falls:

  • Flooring surfaces are often concrete, which means that falls are more likely to result in serious injury
  • Parking ramps may not always see heavy pedestrian traffic, so someone who falls in a parking structure may not get help immediately
  • People may be hurried when using parking ramps, making falls more likely
  • Parking areas tend to see car and pedestrian traffic, so a pedestrian who falls in this area may fall into oncoming traffic

When poor design or poor maintenance causes parking ramps to be unsafe, serious accidents can happen. Falls in parking ramps can and do lead to broken bones, head trauma, and spinal cord injury. In some cases, the injuries can be serious or even life-threatening. If you are injured, you deserve to know whether your fall could have been prevented and you deserve compensation if negligence played a role in your injuries. Speak with a personal injury attorney if you would like answers about your situation.

Accessibility Ramps and Falls

Ramps for people in wheelchairs and scooters are meant to make lives better and safer. Accessibility ramps are often used in parking lots, parking garages, and other parking areas to help people with mobility issues safely get to and from their cars. When these ramps are not correctly designed and maintained, however, people can be injured in trip and fall accidents or slip and fall accidents. This can especially be a danger if non-slip treatment is not used or if curbs are not clearly indicated.

Owners of parking lots, parking ramps, and other structures have a duty of care to those who use their properties. If you pay for parking, especially, you expect that the parking ramp owners and managers will have taken reasonable precautions to keep you safe. If you have been injured in a parking lot or parking structure, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Flaxman Law Group for a free, no obligation case consultation.