Perhaps you live in a Georgia apartment complex or condominium where there’s a parking garage for personal vehicles. Then again, maybe you don’t even live in Georgia full time and are using a parking garage while staying at a hotel on business or a personal visit to the area. While such facilities can make parking more convenient, they can also be dangerous areas, especially if a property owner has been negligent in providing a safe environment.
When you own property, either commercial or private, you’re responsible for maintaining safety on the premises for invited guests and visitors. For instance, if you own a store, and someone trips on broken stairs leading to the threshold, you may be accountable for damages and may also receive a citation for a safety violation. If you’re a guest or visitor who suffers injury in a parking garage, it’s important to note whether property negligence was a factor.
There are several ways to improve safety by design in a parking garage
When a property owner is opening a parking garage to the public, there are numerous safety issues to keep in mind. A top priority is adequate lighting, especially when there are multiple levels to a garage. Criminals who commit theft or assault often look for potential victims in darkened or remote areas. A poorly lit parking garage is a target for people with nefarious intentions.
Often, the mere presence of a parking lot attendant or security guard is enough to deter criminals. While it may not seem so on the surface, proper maintenance of a parking garage intersects with visitors’ safety. If you’re parking in a garage that one has not properly maintained, the area may be a prime location for theft or assault. A poorly maintained area might send a message to potential criminals that property officials don’t care about the location or that it’s not monitored.
Parking garage owners can use surveillance to improve safety
Electronic surveillance is another tool that parking garage owners can use to keep residents or visitors safe on the premises. Surveillance is especially helpful on parking levels where there are no attendants present. Footage from surveillance cameras often aids police in their investigations if a crime occurs in a parking garage.
Recovering from assault or other injuries
If you’re in a Georgia parking garage, it’s important, of course, to be cautious and alert at all times. However, it’s not your responsibility to make sure the surrounding premises are safe. If someone breaks into your vehicle or assaults you or a driver hits you, etc., it’s a good idea to document any safety concerns you might have regarding issues that may have been present in the parking garage when your injuries occurred.
State law allows recovering accident victims or victims of a crime to seek restitution against those whose negligence was a causal factor in the incident that resulted in damages.