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Inadequate Lighting Accidents: What You Need to Know

Accidents can happen when property owners fail to keep their premises adequately lit. Inadequate lighting can lead to serious injuries from falls, collisions, or other similar incidents. These injuries can result in expensive medical procedures and lengthy recovery time, all of which can jeopardize your mental and financial wellbeing. Assessing whether or not a property owner was at fault can potentially lead to financial compensation.

There are many reasons why an area may have inadequate lighting – some of these conditions can be caused by:

  • Failure to Replace Lights that Have Been Damaged

  • Failure to Replace Bulbs that Have Burned Out

  • Failure to Install Proper or Adequate Lighting Where Needed

  • Turning Off or Lowering Lights Before Everyone Had a Chance to Exit the Building

Just as there are many reasons why lighting may be inadequate, there are a host of dangerous property conditions that may result – examples of common Inadequate Lighting Accidents include:

  • Poorly Lit Stairwells - Owners who do not keep their stairwells adequately lit put others in danger. A person attempting to walk down a badly-lit staircase could easily miss a step or slip/trip on an unseen obstruction, causing them to fall down the stairs. Dark stairwells can also be hot spots for criminal attacks, which can leave victims assaulted or worse.

  • Poorly Lit Parking Lots - Dark or inadequately lit parking lots, like dark stairwells, present the dangers of fall injuries and criminal attacks. Parking lots are dangerous enough at night, but when they do not have adequate lighting, the threat of a criminal using the situation to their advantage to victimize you becomes even greater. Inadequate lighting prevents individuals from seeing suspicious people or conditions, and robberies, beatings, assaults, sexual attacks, and more can happen as a result.

  • Poorly Lit Walkways - Walkways that do not have adequate lighting can cause slip and fall accidents. When there is poor lighting along a walkway, it can be difficult or impossible to see cracks, holes, unlevel spots, or snow and ice.


The Oakes Firm is dedicated to helping injured people and grieving families obtain answers, justice, and full compensation. If you or a loved one have been injured because of Inadequate Lighting, don’t hesitate to contact us now. We are available 24/7 for a free case consultation to evaluate your potential claims. Learn how an award-winning Philadelphia personal injury lawyer at The Oakes Firm can get you the help you need and the money you deserve.



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