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Parking Lot Car Accidents in Houston May Result in Premise Liability Claims
The Houston Chronicle is reporting two people were seriously injured in a Rosenberg car accident after a driver slammed into a restaurant.
A Houston personal injury lawyer should always be called to review the circumstances of a car accident that results in serious or fatal injury. Accidents in parking lots or on private property can be the fault of multiple parties. In this case, the driver and her insurance company may be responsible. But the vehicle manufacturer could also be liable in the event a defect is discovered that contributed to the accident. Additionally, the property owner may not have installed parking stops, poles or other safety devices to help prevent vehicles from driving into the building. And the restaurant owner may have repurposed the space by adding display windows or outdoor seating without the proper safeguards. As a result, a Houston premise liability claim may be warranted.
The crash happened at the Wingstop in the 24000 block of Southwest Freeway. Police report a 22-year-old was backing out of a parking space when she reported the steering on her Jeep Cherokee locked up. She accelerated into the glass wall of the restaurant.
A 50-year-old Houston woman and a 40-year-old Needville woman were transported to OakBend Medical Center in Richmond.
In a separate case, FOX Houston reported that a professor was killed in the parking lot of Texas Medical Center.
Police report the assistant professor and associate director of the Baylor College of Medicine Center was trying to drive away from campus when she was pinned between a pole and her SUV as she attempted to scan her entry card at the pass gate. Police believe her Cadillac Escalade was not in park and consequently rolled forward.
A Houston wrongful death attorney should carefully examine the design and construction of the gated entrance in this case. Engineers should certainly have anticipate drivers climbing in an out of their vehicles around the pass gate. In all likelihood, someone installed a pole to prevent the pass-reader from being hit, which created a crush hazard for users.
If you have been involved in an accident in the Houston area, including Katy, Richmond and Pasadena, contact The Stephens Law Firm for a free consultation to discuss your rights.
Houston Injury Attorney Joe Stephens has nearly three decades of experience representing personal injury and wrongful death cases. A Personal Injury Trial Law Specialist through the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1993, Attorney Stephens has won multiple verdicts over $1 million and is a Million Dollar Advocates Member.