Topic: Slip and Fall
Wheelstops are commonly used in parking lots across the country to indicate spaces where vehicles can park. Some may call them parking blocks or curb stops, but many do not realize how dangerous these can be to pedestrians crossing in their path. Many people have been injured by tripping over wheelstops that have been damaged by weather and age, or that were not properly installed or marked. Broken arms, legs, hips, and head or facial injuries have occurred when unsuspecting people slip and fall onto the hard cement or asphalt in a parking lot.
Those responsible for maintaining a parking lot can be held liable for injuries of people who slip or fall over a wheelstop. Under premises liability laws, property owners, maintenance crews, and merchants have a responsibility to ensure the safety of anyone driving, parking, or walking on their property. Removing snow, ice, debris, or other hazards is required by law, as is the proper inspection and maintenance of parking lots and parking blocks. Compliance with safety mandates on parking lot wheelstops is essential to avoiding costly litigation and settlements.
Wheelstops cannot be placed in crosswalks, walkways, or spaces between cars. There needs to be at least three feet of space between each parking block to allow pedestrians safe passage. These blocks need to be painted in bright colors and marked with reflective colors so that those walking in the parking lot are aware of their presence. Wheelstops can be no longer than six feet in length or six and one-half inches high.
Routine inspections of wheelstops should include looking for signs of erosion, cracks, and missing pieces. Blocks that have been in use for a long period of time are especially prone to being knocked loose by vehicles bumping into them. When this happens, pedestrians intending to step on or over the block can slip and suffer injury. Parking lots should also be well lit so that all pedestrians can clearly see the wheelstops.
NEW JERSEY SLIP AND FALL LAWYERS AT EICHEN CRUTCHLOW ZASLOW & MCELROY, LLP REPRESENT THOSE INJURED IN PARKING LOTS
Slipping and falling onto a hard surface such as a parking lot can result in serious injuries. Broken bones, lacerations, contusions, concussions, and facial injuries can result from a simple slip over a wheelstop. If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip or fall accident, the experienced New Jersey slip and fall lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy can help you collect the compensation you may be entitled to under the law.
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