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Slipped and Fell on Parking Lot Painted Parking Stripe

Yellow lines n parking lot slippery when wetMany parking lots have many painted surfaces from the stall lines to handicapped signals and pedestrian walkways. However, all of these painted surfaces share a common flaw. They can get very slippery when they are wet. As a result, having a slip and fall accident in a parking lot is common. But what should you do when faced with this kind of situation? Let’s look at some of the things that you can do.

How Can Painted Lines Get Slippery?

Many people have experienced their foot slipping on a painted line in a parking lot, especially if it’s just rained. The reason why this happens is because of how these lines are made. First, the entire concrete area is sealed. Often, a non-slip surface will be applied. This ensures that you’ll have a strong grip, even after it’s been raining. However, the paint is applied to the top of this sealed concrete floor. The paint fills up the small holes left by the non-slip surface, to create a smooth line.

Because the painted line is so smooth, a thin layer of water can build up on top of the paint. Because of this, they can get slippery in wet weather, causing your shoe to slide right off the painted line. In fact, some tests have shown that these lines can be as slippery as ice. This can often get worse over time, as the parking lot adds more paint, to keep the lines clearly visible. As they do this, they are keeping the surface smooth.

Thankfully, there is a simple solution. All the parking lot managers need to do is add some sand to the paint. This will create a coarse surface, which will give you plenty of grip, stopping you from slipping off. However, because it will take longer to apply the paint, costing them more money, businesses are reluctant to use this approach. They can further reduce the risks of slip and fall accidents by regularly inspecting the parking lot, removing any rubbish, and making sure that no cars are leaking fluid.

Where Are Slip And Fall Accidents Most Likely?

Sadly, slip and fall accidents are a common part of life, affecting millions of people each year. It’s estimated that 20 percent of sick days are related to slip and fall accidents. Unfortunately, 8 percent of hospital visits are related to slip and fall accidents. Each year, thousands of people die from this kind of accident.

There are a few places in the parking lot that are more likely to cause a slip and fall accident. First, if there are any patches of the parking lot that aren’t even, you might lose your footing and slip on them. This is especially treacherous if it’s raining. The person who owns and operates the parking lot is responsible for scanning for these holes, fixing them before they get too serious. If caught early, it will often be easier and cheaper to fill the hole safely.

However, one of the most common issues is disability ramps. By necessity, these often need to be at an angle. Also, these ramps are frequently used by people who might be elderly or disabled, which can make them more likely to lose their footing. This danger can be increased if they are painted markings on the ramp, as these can make the ramp extra slippery. As a result, it’s best to exercise more care in these areas, particularly if you’re trying to go up them when it’s raining. However, building owners will often need to spray the area with non-slip adhesive, in accordance with regulations.

What To Do After A Slip And Fall Accident

Slipping on parking lot paint can be a potentially dangerous situation, particularly if it’s on a rainy day. The first thing that you need to do is assess your injuries. One of the biggest problems with falling in a parking lot is the hard surface. This can mean that you’ll have an increased risk of serious injuries, like broken bones. If you hit your head or back, you can end up with permanent disabilities. Because of this, you should make sure to make a doctor’s appointment as soon after the slip and fall as possible. If you are too hurt to move, call an ambulance. Get the details of the people who drove you and keep any medical reports that they give you.

You should also gather plenty of evidence. This can help you support your claim. In this case, you want to take plenty of photos of the area. It’s especially important that you capture the painted lines which caused the fall. If anyone saw what happened, make sure to get their details. They can help back up your story, establishing that the other party is responsible for the claim. You should also call the building manager and report the accident. This will ensure that they have a record of your injuries.

After this, contact a professional personal injury lawyer. They’ll be able to walk through your claim, determining if you are owed compensation. It’s also important to make sure that you keep any important documents that you received. This can include things like medical bills and ambulance bills. These can show how seriously you were impacted by the slip and fall.

Contact The Injury Firm

As we’ve seen, painted lines in parking lots can increase the potential that you will have a slip and fall accident. This can be a major public health concern, with thousands of people falling as a result each year. If you’ve been injured as a result of a painted line in a parking lot, a personal injury lawyer can help. We’ll fight for your rights, making sure that you get treated fairly. Our experienced lawyers will help you get the compensation that you are owed, allowing you to get your life back on track. So, contact The Injury Firm today to find out how we can help: 954-951-0000.

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