Injuries from Parking Lot Accidents
When you become involved in a parking lot car accident, you may be confused about who is at fault. Even worse, sometimes these low-speed collisions can still result in serious and debilitating injuries which result in hospital stays, medical bills and the inability to work. If you are involved in a parking lot accident that results in an injury, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney from Altman & Altman LLP today.
Many people are unaware that parking lots, like regular roadways, are governed by right-of-way laws. Some people treat parking lots as though they are lawless areas where they can freely cut across multiple parking lanes to get where they want to go, and others may feel as though once they begin to back out of a space, they have full authority to do so, regardless of oncoming traffic.
The truth, however, is that people cutting through parking spaces who do not utilize the marked lanes are breaking the law, and if you are parked in a space you must yield to people driving through the lanes behind and in front of you before pulling out of your space. If you were to collide with anybody while performing either of these illicit activities, you would be at fault for the ensuing damages and at risk of the insurance penalties and civil suits which may follow.
While many drivers might feel as though a parking lot is a less dangerous place to drive than a freeway or a busy residential street, parking lots actually contain many more opportunities to get into a vehicular collision. There are cars entering and exiting via many different access points, visibility is low for those who have to back out of spaces and, to make things more dangerous, there are pedestrians weaving in between cars and through the lanes without rhyme or reason.
There are many scenarios where you could be injured from an incident in a parking lot. Perhaps somebody didn’t look over their shoulder before backing out, and you get struck directly on the driver’s side door, causing broken bones or serious lacerations from the broken glass of your window. Perhaps you are a pedestrian walking with a cart full of groceries and you are hit by someone who doesn’t yield. Maybe someone is distracted while driving and causes the accident.
Regardless of how your injury happens, or where it happens, the expert personal injury attorneys at Altman & Altman LLP have over 50 years of experience fighting for our clients who need someone on their side to ensure that they receive necessary compensation to be able to pay their medical expenses and compensate for lost wages from being unable to work.
We understand how difficult it may be to work with insurance companies while you’re trying to recover from an accident, and we understand how traumatic any type of car accident can be. We will be your advocates to handle the necessary paperwork and talk you through possible action that you may take in order to result in a positive outcome uniquely tailored to your situation.
In some cases, a settlement may be reached with whomever injured you in a parking lot accident. In other cases, you may have to fight for your compensation through litigation. Our personal injury attorneys are uniquely experienced and ready to pursue either course of action. We provide free, private, no obligation consultations to go over the details of your case and make our recommendations.
If you have been injured in a parking lot accident, don’t hesitate. Call for a free consultation today at 617.492.3000 or toll-free at 800.481.6199. We are available 24/7.