Though getting out to do your shopping may have decreased significantly over the last year, you may still want to venture out now and then to pick up items you cannot obtain online or that you cannot wait for. While you may take different precautions now to protect your health while out and about than you would have in the past, it is important to keep in mind that your physical safety is just as important.
Undoubtedly, you do not wish to find yourself in a situation in which the conditions of an establishment’s premises present a danger to you. However, some dangers may not be entirely obvious. For example, if a business does not have adequate lighting in and around the property, you and other patrons face the risk of becoming the victim of a crime or accident.
Safety and security
Adequate lighting places a role in both safety and security on any Georgia company’s property. The ability to see your surroundings well could increase safety because it could allow you to notice any hazards that could cause you to slip or fall, such as changes in height from a parking lot to a curb or sidewalk. These lights could also better ensure that drivers in the parking lot or surrounding area are better able to see pedestrians.
Additionally, proper lighting can increase security because it can act as a deterrent to unscrupulous individuals who may otherwise attempt to attack a person in darkness, whether to intentionally cause some type of physical harm or to commit a robbery. It is unlikely that you would find yourself feeling comfortable walking through a darkened parking lot in the evening or at night. Unfortunately, you could enter an establishment during the day and not realize the hazard until you come out after sunset to an inadequately lit parking lot or sidewalk.
You have a right to safety and security
Store owners and operators have an obligation to keep their premises safe, and you have the right to safety and security. If you find yourself the victim of a crime because of inadequate lighting in a parking lot, the surrounding area of an establishment, or even an inside stairwell or hallway, you may have reason to hold the property owner liable for any injuries and other damages you suffer. Filing a premises liability claim could be within your rights, and gaining information on this option could be wise.