Parking lots are often busy and chaotic. Individuals are either focused on obtaining a prime parking spot, or leaving with their next destination in mind. Additionally, parking lots often have inadequate signs and poor visibility. These factors can all serve to increase the risks of an accident. If you’ve been an unlucky victim of a parking lot accident, whether it is a car hitting another car, or a car striking an individual, there are legal steps you can take to receive compensation for the damages you’ve incurred.
Who has a claim for a parking lot accident?
Parking lot accidents may occur between pedestrians and vehicles, or between two vehicles. Injuries and damage caused by these types of accidents can be significant, and the resulting damages are usually covered by insurance companies who reimburse medical bills and/or vehicle damage. However there are often costs that go unaccounted for. Insurance companies’ will usually try to cover only the minimum required payments. By contrast, the attorneys at Berman & Riedel are dedicated to fighting on your behalf, and obtaining the maximum compensation to fully cover all of your damages.
What to do if you are in a parking lot accident.
Check for safety.
Immediately following the accident check for serious injuries. Call an ambulance if someone has a serious injury. Check the scene for safety as well. If you can, move out of the way of traffic, and secure the scene to prevent other injuries.
Document the scene.
Documenting the scene ensures a more accurate reconstruction of the incident at a later date. Take pictures of the location and any damage that occurred. If there are any witnesses of the accident or the aftermath, ask for their contact information. Their testimony can help strengthen your case.
Exchange Insurance Information.
Be sure to exchange insurance and contact information with the other party.
Report the incident.
Report the parking lot accident to your insurance and the police. Early action will increase the credibility of your case.
If you believe you need an attorney, feel free to call our office at (858) 350 -8855 for a free case evaluation. If we determine you have a case worth pursuing, our dedicated staff and attorneys will skillfully manage your case and help give you a piece of mind during a stressful time.