A parking garage may seem like a safe, enclosed environment. But the negligence of any present or involved party may make this an unsafe place to be. Read on to discover who is possibly responsible for a parking garage accident and how an experienced Washington, D.C. slip and fall lawyer at Simeone & Miller, LLP can help you hold them accountable.

Who is possibly responsible for a parking garage accident?

One of the most common reasons why parking garage accidents occur is due to the recklessness of drivers who navigate through it. That is, a negligent driver may hit you when you are driving or may strike you when you are walking in a parking garage. Examples of this are as follows:

  • A negligent driver:
    • Failing to proceed with caution when turning a tight corner with blind spots.
    • Failing to put their smartphone down when driving through the garage.
    • Failing to let a pedestrian cross at their “right-of-way” at an intersection.
    • Failing to look at the surrounding area before backing out of a parking spot.

In addition, the owner or a parking garage may be the at-fault party. This is regardless of whether they were present at the time of your accident. Examples of this are as follows:

  • A negligent property owner:
    • Failing to patch up potholes, cracks, and uneven pavement promptly.
    • Failing to install sufficient lighting throughout the garage promptly.
    • Failing to clear debris or other hazards from the garage promptly.
    • Failure to repaint faded parking space lines promptly.

How can I hold the responsible party accountable for my accident?

As a victim of a car accident in a parking garage, you may be suffering from detrimental car damages in addition to severe personal injuries. Similarly, as a victim of a slip and fall accident, you may be suffering from serious bodily injuries, like head, neck, and spinal cord injuries. Likely the most viable option for holding the responsible party accountable for your injuries and damages is to place a lawsuit against them. This is because, with a successful case, you may be granted a financial award to cover the cost of your injuries and damages.

Regardless of whether you are filing a car accident claim, a slip and fall accident claim, or otherwise, you must keep in mind the state of Maryland’s statute of limitations. More specifically, you may only have three years from the date on which your accident occurred to pursue legal action. Missing this deadline means that you will be permanently missing out on your opportunity for financial compensation and overall justice.

There is no time like the present to bring forward your claim. So reach out to a skilled Washington, D.C. premises liability lawyer from Simeone & Miller, LLP today.