Parking Lot Accident
Although most parking lot accidents occur at low speeds, a motorist or pedestrian can suffer serious or even fatal injuries in a parking lot crash. The process of determining the party at-fault in a parking lot accident often is difficult. There are no established “rules of the road” so to speak. However, the rules that would determine right of way if the parking lot was a normal roadway might provide guidance. Hiring an attorney experienced in handling parking lot accidents is crucial to recovering just compensation for your injuries. Kenneth J. Annis & Associates have over 40 years of experience representing victims who were injured through no fault of their own.
Some injury victims let insurance companies decide who is at-fault in a parking lot accident. Since insurance companies are interested in protecting their bottom line, they will look for ways to limit — or even deny — your claim. Insurance companies typically will argue that you are at-fault for the accident. Consequently, a thorough investigation into what happened is critical to the success of your claim. An experienced parking lot accident attorney will conduct a thorough investigation to prove that you were not at-fault for your injuries.
Although proof of the parking lot accident may come down to one person’s word against another’s word, a parking lot is full of potential evidence that can help you with your claim. Most parking lots, especially at larger shopping outlets, are covered by surveillance cameras. The stores maintain the cameras as a means to protect themselves from liability, but the video can be very useful in a parking lot accident. The surveillance video can help sort out what happened to cause the accident. The surveillance video also can help identify potential witnesses to the accident.
Once the witnesses are identified, your claim can be assessed. One of the drivers in a two-car accident is usually responsible for causing the accident. There are many driver-related factors that contribute to a crash. For instance, the driver might have failed to yield to a pedestrian. Pedestrians generally have the right of way, including when they are walking in a parking lot. Similarly, drivers must always stay to the right. Drivers will frequently disregard this rule when cutting across a parking lot. Furthermore, drivers frequently fail to yield when turning from a parking lane into travel lanes. All of these factors contribute to parking lot accidents.
There may be other reasons that contribute to a parking lot accident that are not immediately apparent. For instance, the parking lot may be poorly designed. The lighting may be poor, or the marking for the parking spots or travel lanes could be worn or not visible. Furthermore, the parking lot might have features or items that obstruct a motorist’s view such as a shopping cart corral. A competent personal injury attorney will look at all of the relevant factors that contributed to the accident to construct a compelling claim.
Your award may be reduced if you were injured, but you also contributed to the crash. It is important to make sure you and your loved ones walk and drive safely in parking lots. Be aware of your surroundings and pay attention. Do not use your cellphone while walking through the parking lot. Failure to use caution may reduce your award or prevent you from recovering one.
Parking lots are dangerous places. If you or a loved one was injured in a parking lot, you need an attorney who will fight for you. The parking lot accident attorneys at Kenneth J. Annis & Associates commit themselves to fighting for their clients. They pride themselves on striving to obtain the fullest recovery for injury victims. Call Kenneth J. Annis & Associates today at 202-785-2244 to schedule your free consultation.