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Accidents in Parking Lots
A busy parking lot can be an accident waiting to happen. Parking lot collisions can range from minor fender benders to serious injury accidents. Although most parking lot accidents are low impact, theres always danger when busy shoppers speed across parking rows and spaces losing control, damaging other vehicles and injuring other drivers and pedestrians.
Be More Aware
Parking lots are considered private property and are the single most disputed accidents out there. Insurance companies say that there is no right-of-way in parking lots. The most dangerous parking hazard is when drivers are backing out of their spaces. Theyre paying little attention to other cars and pedestrians pulling out too quickly, smoking a cigarette, attending to their children or talking on their cell phone. If youre driving down a row in a parking lot its your responsibility to use common sense and look out for other cars and people when pulling in or leaving a parking space.
If Youre in an Accident
Its difficult but not impossible to get legal assistance for parking lot accident. An experienced attorney should be contacted immediately to determine what kind of legal action should be taken.
When at the scene of the accident do the following:
- Call 911 for immediately if anyones injured
- Police dont always respond to private property accidents that are considered low impact and do not involve a serious injury. Be sure to seek witnesses of the accident and get their contact information
- Exchange insurance information from the other driver
- In Orlando, Florida, contact the auto accident attorneys at Colling, Gilbert, Wright & Carter
Lawsuits on parking lot accidents can be complicated when youre dealing with witnesses who have different perspectives on what happened with no police report to refer to. The driver who causes the accident may also be reluctant to provide any personal or insurance information. He or she may argue that your own insurance company should take care of the matter.
But the accident could be more serious than it initially appears. If you are injured your symptoms may seem minor at first. You could experience more serious symptoms hours or even weeks after the accident. Its important to pursue legal action immediately, should your injury develop into something more serious. Look for these signs for a possible brain injury:
- Visual problems
- Moodiness including irritability, impulsivity, anxiety
- Difficulty thinking clearly
- Sensory changes
Look for these early symptoms of spinal cord injury:
- Loss of sensation, reflex function or autonomic activity
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Sexual dysfunction
- Muscle spasms and pain
- Breathing difficulties
In Orlando, Florida, if youve been injured in a car accident in a parking lot, please contact the auto accident attorneys at Colling, Gilbert, Wright & Carter. If youve sustained a serious injury, we will pursue financial compensation for you and your family for medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of income.