Whether it is a single level below-ground space or an enormous multi-level structure, parking garages are commonplace across the United States. These types of structures are most common in crowded commercial spaces including shopping malls, hotels and casinos central to large metropolitan areas such as Las Vegas. Unfortunately, problems in parking garages often lead to serious injuries.
Based on unique regional circumstances, parking structures face wear and tear over time. These structures are often open to the elements and face harsh weather. Even though snow and ice are extremely rare in Nevada, most areas still struggle with heavy rain, strong wind and blowing debris. These factors can contribute to numerous issues, including:
- Cracked surfaces
- Uneven concrete
- Pooled liquids
- Vehicle leaks, including oil and other engine fluids
Additionally, visitors might struggle with injuries caused by other factors, including:
- Broken stairs
- Faulty railings
- Elevator mishaps
- Poor lighting
- Inadequate security
- Construction materials
- Debris piles
Premises liability is the blanket phrase used to encompass accidents and injuries that occur where proper maintenance could have prevented them. Property owners, managers and supervisors have a duty to keep customers and visitors safe and free of harm while on the premises. Unfortunately, shoddy work, negligent cleaning and inattention to security can combine to result in serious injuries. Slips, trips and falls can result in broken bones, torn ligaments, spinal cord damage and traumatic brain injuries.
Property owners must ensure the safety of those who frequent their parking structures. This can include regular maintenance, a scheduled janitorial service and updates to lighting, signage and reflective paint. People come to a parking lot or parking garage with the expectation that they will not suffer an injury in an accident that proper management could have prevented.