The last thing anybody expects is that they will be harmed due to the careless or negligent actions of a property owner. However, premises liability cases are not uncommon, and the negligence of a property owner or their employees could lead to the wrongful death of a guest. There are various ways that premise liability incidents can lead to fatality. Here, the Boston, MA, premises liability attorneys want to discuss these cases because an incredible amount of pedestrian accidents happen away from the roadway.
Can a Pedestrian Versus Vehicle Crash Be a Premises Liability Case?
Parking lots, sidewalks, and other pedestrian spaces around a building can be more dangerous than most people think. Anytime there are moving vehicles around pedestrians, there is a risk of a serious accident occurring. This can include vehicles backing out of parking places, drivers not yielding appropriately, distracted drivers, anymore.
However, it may be the case that the property owner also has some liability for these incidents. For example, if a store fails to provide proper crosswalks or if crosswalks are poorly designed and maintained, then the property owner may be liable for any injuries or fatalities that occur to a pedestrian in and around the crosswalk. Similarly, a property owner may be held liable for a poorly designed parking lot that leads to fatal accidents.
What About Non-Vehicle Pedestrian Deaths?
Not all pedestrian fatalities occur due to collisions with vehicles. There are other ways the pedestrians are wrongfully killed due to the negligence of property owners.
One of the most common causes of pedestrian fatalities is falling debris from buildings under construction or undergoing maintenance. Property owners and construction contractors are required to take proper precautions to protect pedestrians from falling debris. This includes installing designated walk areas with an appropriate covering or even closing off entire areas to pedestrian traffic.
Property owners can also be held liable if their negligence allows for an unsafe condition on their premises to arise that leads to severe injuries or fatalities. Some of the common causes of pedestrian deaths can be attributed to improperly maintained property conditions, inadequate lighting, or inadequate security.
Our Boston Wrongful Death Attorneys Will Help You Through This
If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian or premises liability accident that was caused by the negligence of another person, seek legal assistance immediately. At Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C., we will investigate every aspect of your case in order to secure the compensation your family needs. This can include:
- Loss of future earnings and benefits of the deceased
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of consortium damages
- Loss of companionship damages
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Cost of pre-death medical care
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent party