The owner of the parking lot or road (including potentially the city or county) may be liable (that is, financially responsible) IF you can show that they had actual notice of the problem (that is, people have made complaints about the pothole) and a reasonable chance (enough time, while weather permits, after the complaint(s) to have reasonably fixed it) but failed to so do. You need to show both that they knew of the problem and then negligently (carelessly) failed to correct it despite the opportunity to do so.
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