On this website, I do not always get to give good news, and this is one of these times. I understand that hearing things less than optimal is not easy, and I empathize. Thanks in advance for not "shooting the messenger."
This becomes a question of duty
to you by them. More specifically, a duty of a property owner to an invitee. An invitee is a person who is invited to land by the possessor of the land as a member of the public or one who is invited to the land for the purpose of business dealings with the possessor of the land.
The duty owed to an invitee is to use due care to keep the property in a reasonably safe condition so that invitees will not unnecessarily be exposed to danger (see Haefeli v Woodrich Eng. Co., 255 N.Y. 442, 448, supra; Restatement, Torts
2d, §§ 341A, 343, 343A; Prosser, op. cit., § 61, at pp 392-394). This includes an obligation to warn an invitee of any hidden danger if the possessor is unable to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition (see Schwab v Rubel Corp., 286 N.Y. 525, 529-530; Prosser, op. cit., at p 393). Basso v. Miller, 40 NY 2d 233 - NY: Court of Appeals 1976
So the question becomes:
1) DID you as a reasonable person have reason to think that they would be open, or, that at least their property was safe to go on? Reasonably?
2) DID they have a duty to an invitee or a would-be invitee even if they were not open?
3) IS one an invitee who simply uses their property for a driving
correction, but does not come into the store?
I am afraid that these questions - only the Judge or Jury can decide. I am going to be honest however, because they were closed, and because you did not actually patronize the business, this does hurt the case. It would be a pretty weak case.
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