Who is at Fault When You’ve Been Involved in a Parking Lot Accident?

You’ve been involved in a parking lot accident. Many people think, from the very beginning, that a parking lot accident can’t be any more than a simple fender-bender and that you will walk away unscathed, uninjured. However, for many people every year, parking lot accidents end in very real injuries that can follow you for quite some time and cause physical and financial chaos in your life.

If you have been involved in a parking lot accident, there are several things you must think about. For instance, what are some of the most common ways that these accidents occur? Who is at fault? If you can make a determination of fault, you will be able to move forward with a claim, which will help you compensate after you have sustained serious injuries. Today we want to answer these questions and help you move forward.

Different Types of Parking Lot Accidents Open parking garage spots

There are many ways that a vehicle can strike another in a parking lot and many ways that one of those drivers can be liable. Today we want to touch base on a few of these ways.

Back-Up: When two vehicles are backing up out of their spaces, it is obvious that both should be looking for one another. In this case, both would be at fault for the accident.

Forward Pull: In this scenario, one of the drivers pulls forward out of a space and into the lane of traffic. Both vehicles could be responsible for this accident as well.

Back into Oncoming Car: When a driver backs out of a space into an oncoming vehicle, the driver who was backing would be liable. The driver in the lane of traffic always has the right-of-way.

Vying for Same Space: When two cars are rushing for the same spot, they might not notice one another and a collision could take place. A driver who is turning left into a spot is most likely to be at fault for the accident. However, there are many factors that can affect this.

Determining Fault 

Determining fault in a parking lot accident might not always be the easiest thing to do, especially because there are so many different scenarios that could occur, as mentioned. Why does fault matter in these cases?

The main reason for fault determination is the fact that you want to know if your car insurance policy will cover you when you have been involved in one of these accidents. After you have been involved in an accident in a parking lot, you want to watch what you say so that you don’t admit fault where you’re not supposed to. Insurance claim investigations can be a telling story that will show exactly what happened and whether or not the other party played a major role in your case.

If you have been involved in a parking lot accident, emotions can be high as you attempt to compensate for your injuries. These accidents might seem like minor incidents but can be very serious in many circumstances. At Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner, we want to offer you our helping hand when you need it the most following a serious accident. Please do not hesitate to contact us for the help you deserve at (304) 713-2014. 

Note: This post was created with the help of secondary sources operating independently from Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner Law Firm. The information used from these sources has not been independently confirmed by our staff. If anything included in these posts is incorrect, please inform us and we will promptly correct the post.

Disclaimer: Our intent with these posts is to honor the victims of these terrible accidents and inform the public about how to avoid these accidents and what to do in the event of one. This information should not be considered legal or medical advice.


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