Accidents that occur in Atlanta parking lots can involve minor property damage, low-level injuries, or – in the case of pedestrian accidents – very severe harm. If you or someone you care about was injured in a parking lot accident in Atlanta, Georgia, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact John D. Hadden, an experienced car accident attorney in Atlanta, Georgia.
Who's At-Fault in a Parking Lot Accident?
Parking lots are confusing pieces of property. Who has the right-of-way and who doesn't is often a question answered by an accident. Drivers are backing up or pulling in while pedestrians/shoppers are walking and running. Delivery trucks are parked in odd places. And poor weather can create visibility problems or slippery conditions that only exacerbate the problem. Who's at-fault is often determined by answering two sets of questions.
- Was the car moving? If you were parked and the other car was moving, then it's likely the other driver's fault. The same is true the other way around: if you were driving and the other car was parked, then you may have been at fault.
- Which driver had the right-of-way? In this scenario, both cars must have been moving. This is a hard question to answer. Two drivers may have backed into each other or two cars may have gone for the same space and collided.
Determining the right-of-way will be important in most cases. But there may have been other factors, too, that will shine a light on responsibility. One driver may have been speeding, texting, or otherwise distracted or disgruntled in some way. There's also the fact that this is private property and the owner of the property must have kept the parking lot safe. If not, then the property owner could be at fault, too.
Knowing all these factors will help your attorney identify fault and to pursue the right defendant(s).
Damages & Accidents in Parking Lots
Accidents occur in parking lots very frequently. Traffic inside of parking lots is congested and often heavy. In many cases, parking spots are made as small as possible to fit in more cars into an already tight space. There are also pedestrians everywhere walking to and from their cars (and often paying little attention to anything but their phones). All of this combined makes for a situation where accidents are almost inevitable, especially when another driver is careless behind the wheel.
Parking lot accidents are different than those that happen on the roadway for many reasons. Typically, these accidents are at very low speeds, often under 10 mph when they occur. As a result, damage or injury is typically less severe than accidents that happen on roads or highways. This is especially true between vehicle collisions. Typically, very little injury occurs, but property damage is the main type of damage that occurs.
When property damage occurs to your vehicle, without injury of any kind, the damage may often seem small or trivial at first. However, cars nowadays are designed to crumple on impact, a type of safety measure to protect occupants. This means that even a fender bender can result in thousands of dollars worth of damage.
Low-Speed Impact Injuries
As said before, most impacts on parking lots occur at slow speeds. However, low-speed injuries can still occur, even in vehicle to vehicle collisions. While they still tend to be less severe than higher-speed crashes, these injuries can cost thousands of dollars to treat. When that is the case, the party responsible for the accident should be on the hook for those costs, not you.
Low impact injuries include, but are not limited to:
- spinal cord injury
- bruising (especially from seat belts)
Even low speeds can cause you harm, and you should not be left unprotected or uncompensated following an accident. An experienced attorney can help.
Pedestrian accidents in parking lots can still be extremely serious, even when they occur at low speeds. Of course, high-speed parking lot accidents can occur, but low-speed accidents are more common. However, because of the disparity in size, weight, and speed between a vehicle and a human being, even an accident at 5 to 10 mph can lead to catastrophic injury or even death.
Motor vehicle accidents with pedestrians can lead to:
- broken bones
- road rash
- traumatic brain injury
- crushing injuries
- organ damage or organ loss
- permanent cognitive impairment
- permanent disability
Pedestrians have no protection against a careless driver. They are at the mercy of people paying attention and not driving in such a way that could cause serious harm or death. If you or someone you love was the victim of such careless driving, an experienced personal injury attorney can help get you the financial compensation you deserve.
Consult an Experienced Atlanta, Georgia Parking Lot Accident Attorney
Parking lot accidents can lead to serious injury or death and are all too common in the busy city of Atlanta. When this is the case, you are entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. You need an experienced personal injury attorney to fight for your rights.
Contact experienced Atlanta, Georgia parking lot accident attorney John D. Hadden at the Hadden Law Firm today for a consultation.