Accidents Due to Inadequate Lighting | What You Should Know

A silhouette of a man in a dimly lit garage, standing next to a parked car, seemingly opening its fuel or charging port under the inadequate glow of overhead lights.

Many places, such as restaurants, have dim lighting on purpose to give guests a sense of ambiance. In other cases, parking lots, sidewalks, stairwells, and other places are just poorly lit for no good reason. Regardless, if you were injured in an accident because of inadequate lighting, you need a competent legal team on your side. Please continue reading and speak with our Florida personal injury attorneys to learn more about inadequate lighting accidents and how we can help if you’ve been hurt in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are some of the most common accidents that occur due to inadequate lighting?

Unfortunately, there are several ways in which an injury can occur as a result of inadequate lighting. For example, poor lighting can cause someone to miss a step and slip or trip and fall on a stairwell. In other cases, inadequate lighting can allow certain crimes to occur that result in injury. Inadequate lighting can also result in serious trip and fall accidents because it prevents people from seeing certain obstacles.

What should I do if I’ve been hurt?

If you’ve been injured in an accident due to insufficient lighting, there is a chance that security cameras present didn’t catch your accident as it happened, which is why you will have to do everything you can to document the accident yourself. If you can, you should take the following steps:

  1. Call the police and receive immediate medical treatment.  Your health is the most important thing. The police will also document the accident when they arrive.
  2. Take pictures of the unsafe conditions that caused you to trip or slip and fall.
  3. Ask witnesses who saw your accident for their contact information.
  4. Get medical treatment as soon as you can.
  5. Obtain a copy of all medical documentation pertaining to your injuries.
  6. Hire a knowledgeable Jacksonville personal injury lawyer who can fight for your rightful compensation.

Is there a time limit on how long I can wait to sue someone for an injury in Florida?

There is. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida is, typically, four years, giving your four years from the date your accident happened to bring a personal injury claim against the liable party. Waiting longer than four years can result in you losing your right to sue. The sooner you file, the better off you will be. Waiting can only make the process more complicated. Our firm is prepared to assist you today.

Contact our experienced Florida firm

Ansbacher Law is composed of knowledgeable attorneys who are ready to assist clients with various legal matters throughout North Florida. We understand the urgency of your personal injury claim and additional legal matters, which is why we provide each of our clients with compassionate and efficient legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for an initial consultation today.