There’s not an abundance of parking lots in some parts of New York City, but there are a good number of garages at businesses and where area residents can rent a space when they need it. While you’d hope that these parking areas were safe, they’re often not. Many of the safety concerns surrounding them involve their poor lighting. This can apply to parking lots and garages alike.
There are a number of potential dangers associated with poorly lit parking lots or garages. Let’s look at some of the most common.
If a driver fails to turn on their headlights in a dimly lit or dark parking lot, they can fail to see people walking. Further, other drivers may fail to see them. This can lead to cars hitting one another or a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle.
Slipping and tripping dangers
If a parking area isn’t well lit, it’s easy not to see water or other liquid on the ground or to miss uneven pavement. These are just two examples of situations where a poorly lit parking area, perhaps coupled with disrepair, can lead to a nasty fall.
Becoming a crime victim
Many would-be criminals appreciate the ability to lurk in the shadows under cover of darkness. They tend to hide behind cars, in stairwells, around columns and in the bushes, only to venture out when you’re putting something in your trunk, looking for your keys or are otherwise distracted. Poorly lit lots may not have security cameras or parking lot attendants, which can leave you vulnerable to being robbed, carjacked or assaulted without anyone noticing.
Property owners have a responsibility to keep their premises reasonably safe. You may have a valid reason to file a premises liability claim if their failure to do so resulted in an injury or other harm.