Who May Be Liable for a Pennsylvania Parking Lot Accident?

Legally reviewed by:
Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C.
July 3, 2024
Car parking lot viewed from above, Aerial view

Parking lot accidents can happen to anyone at any time. Whether you are a driver, a pedestrian, or a passenger, the risk of being involved in a parking lot accident is always present. When it comes to parking lot accidents in Pennsylvania, determining liability can be a complex process. From negligent drivers to property owners, there are a variety of factors that can impact who may be held responsible for an accident. 

If you find yourself involved in a parking lot collision, it is important to understand your legal rights. At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C., we understand the complexities of Pennsylvania parking lot accidents and are here to help you navigate the legal process with skill and care.

Liability in Pennsylvania Parking Lot Accidents

Understanding liability in Pennsylvania parking lot accidents begins with recognizing the critical role that all parties play, including drivers, pedestrians, and more. 


As a driver, you have a responsibility to operate your vehicle safely and follow all traffic laws, even in a parking lot. Failure to do so can result in a collision with another vehicle, a pedestrian, or a fixed object. In some cases, you may be deemed liable for the accident if it is determined that your negligence or reckless driving caused the collision. This could result in you being held financially responsible for the damages and injuries sustained by the other party.

If you were struck by a reckless or careless driver in a parking lot, you might have a strong case for holding them accountable for your injuries and damages. Whether the driver was speeding, distracted, or disobeying traffic signals, their actions could make them liable for the accident.


As a pedestrian in a parking lot, you have a duty to exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings. If you are struck by a vehicle while walking through a parking lot, the driver of the vehicle may be held liable for the accident if it is found that they were acting negligently or in violation of traffic laws. However, if you were jaywalking or not paying attention to oncoming traffic, you may share some of the liability for the accident.

Property Owner or Manager

In some cases, the property owner or manager of the parking lot where the accident occurred may also share liability. For example, if the parking lot was poorly maintained or designed in a way that contributed to the accident, the property owner could be held responsible for any resulting damages.

Additionally, if inadequate lighting or signage played a role in the collision, the property owner may be liable for failing to ensure the safety of their premises. In cases where there was negligent security or lack of proper security measures in the parking lot, the property owner could also be held liable for any resulting harm. This may include instances where criminal activity, such as robberies or assaults, takes place due to inadequate security measures in the parking lot.

When Multiple Parties Are At Fault

Pennsylvania follows a modified comparative fault system, which means that if you are found to be partially at fault for the accident, your recovery may be reduced based on the percentage of fault attributed to you. This is why it is crucial to determine who was negligent in causing the accident, as this will ultimately influence who may be held liable for the damages.

Contact a Pennsylvania Personal Injury Law Firm

Navigating the legal implications of a parking lot accident can be complex. That is why it is important to seek the guidance of skilled attorneys like Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C. Our team of skilled legal professionals can help you determine liability, gather evidence, and negotiate with insurance companies to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Call Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, P.C. at (215) 822-7575 or use our contact form to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team. Let us advocate for you and protect your rights under the law.

Legally reviewed by:
Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C.
Pennsylvania Attorney's
July 3, 2024
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