Most parking lots at Walmart stores are considered private property, and most of the accidents that occur in Walmart parking lots involve vehicles in low speed impacts. However, some parking lot accidents occurring at a Walmart may include slip and fall or trip and fall premises liability accidents. Premises liability is a term that describes the legal responsibility that an owner and occupier of a property have for accidents and injuries that occur on their property. These injuries may be caused by a variety of conditions or equipment on the property.
Walmart is the largest retailer nationwide and has over 4,000 stores in the United States. The stores consist of three retail formats in the United States: Discount Stores, Supercenters, and Walmart Markets. With these large retail stores comes large parking lots which accommodate the many customers who frequent the stores daily. Walmart attracts its customers by offering lower, competitive prices.
Many times Walmart parking lots may be poorly maintained. There may be a lack of lighting, improperly maintained stairways, potholes, missing manhole covers, defective sidewalks, poorly posted signs and other hazardous conditions. When a parking lot is not safe then a person may become injured or may even die because of negligence.
Walmart stores have a duty to implement reasonable security measures designed to prevent or deter crimes. Reasonable security measures may include increased lighting, security guards, improved or additional locks, and property perimeter protection. A breach of this duty to provide reasonable security is called negligent security.
If you or a loved one was injured in a Walmart parking lot accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can explain your legal options. Please contact the Law Offices of Howard Alan Kitay today at (877) 442-0542 for a free legal consultation. We exclusively handle personal injury negotiations and lawsuits involving accidents occurring at Walmart stores nationwide.
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