Minor parking lot accidents are very common, but some parking lot crashes result in very serious injuries or death. Determining fault in parking lot accidents is not always as straightforward as you would expect. Parking lots are often chaotic environments littered with pedestrians who are paying more attention to their phones than traffic, drivers who are confused and frustrated and, sometimes, out-of-control children. To make matters worse, many parking lots are poorly designed, creating a setup where an accident is inevitable.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Your Parking Lot Accident?
Determining who was to blame can be very complicated, and in many cases the blame is shared between two or more parties. Examples of those who may be held liable for your parking lot accident include:
- Negligent driver
- Delivery driver or other type of commercial driver and/or their employer
- Property or business owner responsible for the parking lot
Determining fault generally comes down to the same principles involved in determining fault in accidents which happen on the street, but parking lots present some unique scenarios. Here are some examples:
- It is quite common for drivers to back into each other as they pull out of opposing parking spaces at the same time. In those accidents, timing is often the key, the second driver to start moving is more likely to be at fault.
- We also see accidents where drivers collide while trying to pull into the same parking spot. Typically, the left-turning driver would be to blame for violating right-of-way, but if the right-turning driver sped up to beat the left-turning driver into the spot, the right-turning driver may be at fault.
- Although in moving vs parked car accidents the moving driver is usually to blame, an improperly parked driver or one who opens their door suddenly in the flow of traffic may be found at fault.
If you have been injured in a parking lot accident the best way to protect your legal rights so you can recover fair compensation is to talk to an experienced parking lot accident attorney right away. Your attorney will investigate the accident and gather evidence right away. Evidence can quickly be lost or destroyed.
Evidence in parking lot accidents typically includes witness statements and video from security cameras. In cases where poor parking lot design is a factor, we may also find a history of accidents in the parking lot.
If you have been injured in a parking lot accident, Adam Smith Law is here to help you recover full and fair compensation. Call us today at 702-929-2289 or email us right away to schedule your free initial consultation.