Gas Station Injuries That Could Lead To A Personal Injury Suit
You've likely filled up your vehicle and perhaps bought a snack at gas stations hundreds of times in your life, if not more. Almost certainly, virtually all of these visits have occurred without incident. However, if you've recently found yourself injured at a gas station, you might want to hire a personal injury attorney and plan to launch a suit against the owner. Your legal professional will look into your accident and discuss how strong your case appears to be. If it's strong, there's a good chance that you'll be able to recuperate damages for your medical expenses and other injury-related costs. Here are some incidents that could result in an injury at a gas station.
While the risk is small, there's a chance that a fire could ignite the gasoline at the gas station and cause you to become seriously burned. There are many different reasons for this risk — for example, another customer could commit the dangerous mistake of smoking and toss his or her lit cigarette butt onto the ground near a puddle of spilled gas, igniting it. While the customer is obviously at fault — and thus responsible for your injuries to some degree — the gas station could also be liable. If your attorney's investigators deem that the gas station didn't have appropriate no-smoking signage in the area, your attorney will be keen on moving forward with your suit.
Gas stations can sometimes get robbed, and it's unfortunate timing if you happen to be at the station during such an event. While most robbers are interested in the cash register and will ignore customers, this may not always be the case. If a robber assaulted you, causing an injury, you may have grounds to pursue a personal injury suit against the gas station. In this scenario, your suit may allege that the station failed to provide a safe and secure environment for its customers.
Gas stations have a variety of barriers that are designed to stop vehicles. In addition to the elevated islands themselves, you may notice metal guardrails positioned around the gas station. It's possible for another vehicle to strike you, either while you're pumping gas or perhaps walking to or from your vehicle. This is a scenario in which the driver is responsible, but the gas station may also play a role. Your attorney could argue that the gas station didn't have enough guardrails or other protective devices, thus putting its customers at risk.
Speak with a personal injury lawyer to learn more.