While accidents are commonplace, many can have legal consequences. Spilling hot coffee, slipping and falling, and the often-occurring automobile "fender bender" may cause injury to people and property and result in lawsuits seeking monetary damages. But some accidents are far more serious.
She puts her hand up on the red plastic window. I place mine in the same spot. I mouth the words "I'm sorry." She is Spock and I am Kirk in Wrath of Kahn. She is Bruce Willis and I am Liv Tyler in Armageddon.
If a customer slips and falls in a store or parking lot, they may have a legal case. In most cases, it is situation-based. Often times, if the store did everything they could to prevent the slip, they can avoid some legal claims. Most lawsuits form out of negligence.
There's a good reason why experts advise against taking the last ski run of the day. Whether from fatigue, carelessness or a sense of invincibility, it often ends in disaster. In Italy, I found that out for myself.