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Phoenix Renters Are Raising Unlit Courtyard Safety Concerns

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on July 20, 2023

Panoramic view of an idyllic Montreal apartment complex with a landscaped courtyard in late Springtime on a clear sunny day.

Inadequate lighting on a property can lead to serious accidents and invite crime. Tenants of a Phoenix apartment complex have complained that multiple courtyard lights have been out for weeks, despite a recent murder committed just outside the complex’s gates, as reported by AZ Family. Although a tenant sent multiple emails to the office manager and leasing agent, the issue was not corrected.

Property owners and managers in Arizona have a duty to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition to protect tenants and visitors from harm. That includes providing adequate lighting for the safety of tenants and visitors. Negligent landlords may be held liable when poor lighting leads to injuries.

How Does Lighting Improve Safety?

No one wants to stumble around in the dark. Proper lighting is important because it allows tenants and visitors to see where they are going and gives them a clear view of the environment when they use stairways, walk to or from their vehicles, or go anywhere on the grounds.

Adequate lighting makes it possible to safely navigate stairwells, hallways, passages, and other areas. Well-lit courtyards and parking lots also help discourage third parties from committing criminal acts on the property, such as robbery or assault. Proper lighting allows cameras to clearly record any criminal activity, helping ensure the responsible party is held accountable.

How Could a Tenant or Visitor Suffer Because of Poor Lighting?

Poor lighting can be a contributing factor to serious falls. It makes it difficult for individuals to see where they are walking in the dark, so they are less able to avoid slip or trip-and-fall hazards, such as potholes in parking lots, uneven surfaces, and debris in walkways, or to navigate stairways safely.

Inadequate lighting can also contribute to third-party criminal attacks against individuals. Improper lighting leaves tenants vulnerable to their surroundings. A dangerous individual may feel more comfortable attacking a tenant or committing a criminal act in the dark, as their identity would remain hidden.

How Is Liability Determined After an Incident Involving Poor Lighting?

Not all injuries suffered on someone else’s property can give rise to a claim for compensation. Premises liability claims for injuries caused by poor lighting are based on negligence. Injured parties can hold property owners or managers liable for an injury sustained on the property if the following aspects apply to the situation:

  • The injury was caused by a hazardous condition existing on the property.
  • The owner or manager knew or should reasonably have known of the hazard.
  • The owner or manager failed to correct or adequately warn of the danger.

Your Phoenix premises liability attorney can thoroughly investigate your accident or injury to determine fault and liability.

How Can a Phoenix Premises Liability Lawyer Help?

After a serious accident or criminal attack caused by poor lighting on a property, your best chance of recovering full compensation is to have an experienced personal injury attorney handle your claim.

At The Husband & Wife Law Team, we can establish liability for your injuries, secure evidence to support your claim, and build a strong case in your defense. Your personal injury lawyer can accurately assess the value of your claim and negotiate with the other side for a favorable settlement.

We are always prepared to fight for your rights in court if necessary.

Have a Skilled Attorney on Your Side

The Husband & Wife Law Team in Phoenix, Arizona, has the knowledge and resources to thoroughly investigate your case, determine liability for your injuries, and pursue the compensation you deserve. Mark Breyer was chosen by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys as one of the 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys in Arizona for Client Satisfaction. Alexis Breyer was recently named a Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney for 2020 by Best of the Best.

We always have time for our clients and are dedicated to providing compassionate and effective legal counsel. If you have been injured in an accident due to poor lighting, we want to know what happened. Call us at (602) 457-6222 to schedule your free initial consultation today.

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