Arlington, TX asked in Business Law and Car Accidents for Texas

Q: Is it legal for a parking lot to use metal bars sticking out of the ground, instead of normal parking blocks?

I was leaving a parking lot, when something started to scrape under the car. I got out, and realized that instead of parking blocks, the spaces had metal bars sticking a foot out of the ground. It's a dirt and gravel parking lot, so the bars almost blend into the ground, and they're not high enough to see from the driver's seat. Unfortunately this caused damage to the body and my brake lines. Are the parking lot owners liable for this?

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Texas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It doesn't seem like a good practice for non-security purposes. Based on the description being dirt and gravel, if it's an old and neglected lot, it could be exposed rebar from deteriorated concrete blocks. Someone familiar with state transportation regs would need to look closer at the arrangement. Good luck

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