Parking Lot Accidents
Parking lots are a breeding ground for fender benders as well as pedestrian accidents. With vehicles and pedestrians continuously moving around, parking lot accidents happen quite often. On the one hand, drivers are usually concentrated on finding and taking a parking space before someone else does, instead of paying adequate attention to traffic and people. Pedestrians, on the other hand, are often concentrated on the bargain they are hoping to get at the store they are going to or trying to find where they parked their cars, instead of paying attention to traffic and cars pulling out of parking spaces.
Thankfully, most parking lot accidents are at low speeds but the damages are often substantial, especially when you have a car hitting a pedestrian. An example could be the type of parking lot accident that happens daily, like when a pedestrian gets pinned between two cars…Even when struck at low speed, a pedestrian can suffer serious injuries when hit by a vehicle that on average weighs a ton.What To Do After a Parking Lot Accident
Even though a parking lot accident may not seem to be very serious, you still need to protect yourself from potential lawsuits or gather evidence in support of your claim. The following are some of the things you should do if you are involved in a parking lot accident:
- Park your vehicle in a safe location so as to avoid obstructing traffic and getting out of harms way;
- If your car was immobilized as a result of the collision, turn on your hazard lights, get out of the car and find a safe place to wait for help;
- Dial 911, ask for medical assistance if anyone is hurt and summon the police;
- Notify your insurance company of the accident;
- If you have a cell phone with a camera, take as many photos of the scene of the accident as possible. Photos and videos are a good and easy way to preserve evidence;
- Exchange personal information (names, addresses, phone numbers and insurance information) with the other driver(s);
- Make sure to get the names, addresses and phone numbers of any potential witnesses;
- Take a note of all relevant conditions surrounding the accident and the scene (address, date, time, weather, etc.);
- Contact an attorney if you suffered injuries or your car suffered extensive damages.
The lawyers of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have more than 100 years of combined experience dealing with car accidents, including parking lot accidents. We offer a free initial consultation and work all our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not have to pay us anything unless we recover compensation for you. We immediately dispatch our in-house investigator to the scene of an accident as soon as notified by a client. Please contact us immediately at 305-595-2400.Why Call a Lawyer?
If you suffered injuries in a parking lot accident your best bet is to hire a personal injury attorney that can help you get the compensation you may be entitled to. Because parking lot accidents happen on private property, State traffic laws are usually inapplicable and police officers will rarely issue a ticket. The insurance company for the other driver will have investigators on the scene as soon as possible when injuries have occurred. Therefore, you should have an experienced lawyer from the Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, working as hard for you. Our firm dispatches an in-house investigator to the scene of the accident as soon as you contact us. This allows us to preserve evidence that can be otherwise lost and in some cases interview witnesses while the events leading to the accident are still fresh in their minds. We also look for store surveillance cameras that may have photographed the accident.
Lawsuits for parking lot accidents can be complicated because witnesses may have opposing opinions and there usually is no police report that lawyers can look at for clarification. With that said, our firm has enough experience to realize that police reports and eyewitness reports are not always accurate nor do they comport with the physical evidence or the facts. We conduct our own investigation to determine fault and if we take the case, we are usually successful in proving fault, causation and damages.Types of Injuries
As mentioned before, injuries arising from parking lot accidents can be minor or significant. For example, when a pedestrian gets pinned between two vehicles, fractured or broken bones injuries are likely to happen. Similarly, when a child ”darts” from between two vehicles into traffic, grave injuries or even death may occur. Obviously, in cases where the injuries are substantial and can be potentially life threatening, it is critical for a lawyer to begin his or her work as soon following the accident as possible.
Following are some of the injuries we have seen arising from car accidents:
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs). In some cases, especially those involving low speed parking lot accidents, the extent of a head injury may not be obvious immediately. However, in time the victim may start showing symptoms like headaches, dizziness, nausea, visual problems, mood swings including irritability and anxiety, difficulty thinking straight and strange sensory experiences.
Spinal Cord Injuries: Although paralysis is the most common symptom of a spinal cord injury, other symptoms include loss of sensation, reflex or autonomic activity, loss of bowel or bladder control, sexual dysfunction, pain and muscle spasms, and difficulty breathing.
Broken, fractured or crushed bones: This is a typical injury when a pedestrian is pinned between two vehicles, although it can happen in a variety of different types of accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles.
Nerve damage: Common to the blunt force traumas caused to a human body when impacted by a vehicle.
Burns and lacerations: Common in car accidents with pedestrians, especially when the pedestrian comes into contact with the vehicle’s exhaust system (or any other hot part) or when the pedestrian is dragged, even if just for a short distance.
The bottom line is that whenever you are injured, you should report everything you feel, from the top of your head to the bottom of your toes to all of your doctors and let them decide the significance, if any.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a Miami parking lot accident, we urge to contact the Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, at 305-595-2400 as soon as circumstances allow. We may be able to assist you in recovering compensation for your injuries, to pay your medical bills, for your rehabilitation therapy, for your pain and suffering and even to cover your lost and/or futures wages.
Contact us as soon as possible to set up a free initial consultation. We handle all personal injury matters on contingent fees. In other words, you do not have to pay us anything unless we recover money for you.