Trying to navigate a busy parking lot can be a nightmare—with a dearth of spots, pedestrians, and shopping carts to watch out for, it’s no wonder that sometimes, parking lot accidents happen. While most parking lot accidents can be characterized as minor fender-benders that don’t cause serious harm, sometimes, parking lot accidents are more severe. At the office of Tetzel Law, our Massachusetts parking lot accident attorney can help you to understand what to do when you’re in a parking lot accident and how to recover compensation for your losses. Call us today or send us a message online to get started.
Common Causes of Parking Lot Accidents
Parking lot accidents happen for a variety of reasons, including:
- Failure to look when reversing
- Distracted driving
- Speeding/driving too fast for conditions
- Aggressive driving
- Other acts of negligence
Driving while distracted is one of the primary causes of parking lot accidents. If drivers would slow down, put their phones away, and take the time to double-check their surroundings before performing any maneuvers, most parking lot accidents could be avoided.
Liability for Parking Lot Accidents
Most parking lots are private property, which means that the police may not issue a ticket for a parking lot collision. Regardless, in any accident involving serious property damages or injury to any person, you should still report the accident to the police.
If your car accident is minor, then both you and the other driver can file a claim for damages against your own policies’ Personal Injury Protection coverage, regardless of fault. If damages exceed $2,000, then you can file a claim for damages against the at-fault party.
In order to hold the other party liable for your damages, you’ll need to be able to prove that they were more than 50 percent responsible for the crash. Massachusetts has defined standards of fault, circumstances in which case an operator is presumed to be more than 50 percent responsible for a crash. These include:
- Rear-end collision
- Collision with a person or lawfully parked vehicle
- Out-of-lane collision
- Failure to signal
- Collision while in the process of backing up
- Leaving from a parked position or parking lot
- Opening a vehicle door
- Single-vehicle collision
The above list is not inclusive, but includes situations that could pertain to a parking lot.
How a Massachusetts Parking Lot Accident Attorney Can Help
If you’ve been in a parking lot accident, you may be wondering what your rights are, whether you should file a claim with the insurance, how to prove liability, and more. In addition to exchanging information with the other driver immediately and calling your insurance company to provide notice of the accident, you should reach out to an experienced Massachusetts car accident attorney. At the office of Tetzel Law, we have experience working on parking lot accident cases and can provide you with a free consultation. Call our law firm today at (617) 742-1700 or send us a message online to get started.