Parking lots are ubiquitous, and parking lot accidents occur more frequently than anyone would like to think. While the good news is that most parking lot accidents happen at slow speeds and therefore don’t cause serious injuries or damages to those involved, this isn’t always the case. At the office of Tetzel Law, LLC, our car accident attorney in Massachusetts can represent you if you’ve been in a crash. Here’s what you should know about common causes of parking lot accidents and your rights if you’ve been in a crash:
Common Causes of Parking Lot Accidents
- Driver distraction. One of the most common causes of parking lot accidents is that of driver distraction. Drivers may be paying attention to fussy children, their phone, the radio, or something else entirely, resulting in a preventable accident.
- Avoiding obstacles. Anyone who’s ever walked through or driven through a busy parking lot knows that being alert is crucial—there are dozens of obstacles at any given moment. A driver trying to avoid an obstacle—such as a forgotten shopping cart, customer, child, pedestrian, bicyclist, or another vehicle—may inadvertently hit something else instead.
- Failure to look. Sometimes, drivers who are reversing in a parking lot fail to look behind them before backing up. When a pedestrian is involved, these types of parking lot accidents can be very serious.
- Speeding. Parking lots are not a place to push the speed limit. Driving too fast in a parking lot can be incredibly dangerous and significantly increases the risk of a collision.
When a parking lot crash occurs, the severity will depend on who was involved (driver, passenger, pedestrian, etc.), the angle of the crash, and the speed at which vehicles were traveling. Common injuries might include:
- Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries, especially those involving the next and back
- Seat belt injuries
- Airbag injuries
- Contusions (bruises to various parts of the body, including the face)
- Internal injuries, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries in accidents involving pedestrians
Liability for a Parking Lot Accident
If you’re involved in a parking lot accident, you’ll no doubt have questions about who’s to blame for the accident and who will pay for your injuries. Liability is based on fault. Under Massachusetts partial no-fault laws, you’ll first need to file a claim with your own insurance company; however, if your injuries exceed the serious injury threshold, you can file a claim against the at-fault party’s insurance. You deserve to be compensated in full for your losses, which means compensation for all of your economic and noneconomic damages.
Call Our Massachusetts Parking Lot Accidents Attorney Today
If you’ve been involved in a parking lot accident in Massachusetts and have questions about liability or how to recover compensation, our experienced car accident lawyer at the office of Tetzel Law, LLC can help. For your free, no-obligation consultation, reach out to our law firm online or by phone at (617) 742-1700. We are here for you.