- May 20, 2020
- In auto Accidents
Parking lots can be chaotic with people driving around looking for the perfect spot, pedestrians coming and going, and drivers pulling into an empty space or reversing out to leave. There is usually a lot going on in a relatively small space, which is why parking lot accidents are so common.
Despite what most people think, fault for a parking lot accident is not always clear cut. These types of accidents are treated in much the same way as other motor vehicle collisions because just like main streets, parking lots have right-of-way rules too.
Types of Parking Lot Accidents
There are many different types of parking lot accidents. These accident can be caused by a number of different factors, including:
- Backing up without looking.
- Driving the wrong direction.
- Stopping short, or one car rear-ending another at a stop sign.
- Turning into oncoming traffic.
- Failure to stop at a stop sign.
- Competing for a parking place.
What To Do After a Parking Lot Accident
Just like any other accident, the steps you take after a parking lot accident are important not only to your health, but also if you plan to file a personal injury claim. Below are some steps you should take if you have been injured in a parking lot accident:
- Call 911 if you or someone else was injured in an accident. Even if you don’t feel any immediate symptoms of injuries, you should still get medical treatment because certain symptoms may not surface until days or weeks later.
- Exchange information with all parties in the accident.
- Get the contact information for any witnesses to the accident.
- Take photos to help document exactly how the accident happened.
Another important step after a parking lot accident is to immediately consult with an experienced attorney who specifically handles these types of accidents to help you get the full compensation that you deserve.
Determining Fault in a Parking Lot Accident
Just like any accidents on the street, it may take some investigation to determine fault in a parking lot accident. Liability in parking lot accidents comes down to which driver was negligent or careless. Two main factors that help determine this are:
- Was the car moving? If only one car was moving at the time of the accident, that driver is typically found to be entirely or mostly at fault for the accident. Similarly, if one car is parked legally and another vehicle hits it, the moving motorist will likely be at fault for the accident.
- Who had the right of way? Usually, the driver who has the right of way based on traffic patterns will not be found at fault for having caused the accident.
Other common types of negligence that may result in parking lot accidents include speeding or failing to yield at a stop sign.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a parking lot accident caused by the negligence of another party, you should discuss your legal options with an attorney as you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced parking lot accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates advocate for their clients’ full financial recovery through hard work and an aggressive approach. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, please call 949-727-9300