If you’re involved in a car accident at the grocery store and suffer harm, retain the counsel of a car accident lawyer.
While being involved in a parking lot fender-bender may be a common experience, most people never expect to be involved in a car accident while they are shopping. Yet that’s exactly what happened when a car drove over the sidewalk and through the front doors of a grocery store in Dedham, Massachusetts. Two people were injured in the crash.
When a car accident happens at a grocery store–in the parking lot or otherwise–determining liability for the crash may play a key role in recovery compensation. Here’s what you should know and do following a grocery store accident.
Who’s Liable for a Grocery Store Car Accident?
Liability for a car accident is based on negligence – the failure to exercise the required degree of care for a given situation. Negligence includes factors like speeding, failing to look, driving drunk, driving while distracted, and failing to yield – all things that could lead to a grocery store crash.
If you’ve been injured in a grocery store crash, whether while as another driver or passenger in a car in the parking lot, as a pedestrian in the parking lot, or as a shopper within the grocery store, you’ll need to prove that the driver who hit you was negligent in order to recover compensation.
Important Information to Gather After a Grocery Store Accident
If you are involved in a grocery store accident, it’s important that you gather as much information about the accident and your injuries as possible. This includes the name of the driver involved, any eyewitnesses to the accident, the date and location of the accident, the vehicle make and model, insurance and registration information, and any factors that you think contributed to the crash, such as poor signage or bad weather.
Is the Grocery Store Owner at Fault?
While most of the time a driver who causes an accident will be found liable for damages that result, in some cases, a grocery store owner may be to blame if they did something that contributed to the crash. For example, if a hazardous condition existed in the parking lot that contributed to the crash–such as unremoved ice–the grocery store owner may be held legally responsible.
How to Know if You Need an Attorney
If you were injured in an accident, you should consider hiring an attorney to review your case, gain perspective on the liability of the case, and determine whether it is a matter worth pursuing.
At the office of Tetzel Law, LLC, our car accident lawyers are passionate about providing aggressive legal representation for those who are involved in car crashes, and know what it takes to get our clients the settlements they deserve. To learn more about how we can assist you or to schedule a free consultation, please call our law office at (617) 742-1700 or send us a message directly.