Most people do not think about a parking lot as a prime location for car crashes. However, parking lot accidents are common and can injure vehicle occupants and/or pedestrians. Victims of parking lot accidents are entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Stephens Law understands the physical and financial devastation that a car accident can cause, including parking lot accidents. Our founding attorney, Jason Stephens, has more than 22 years of experience fighting for the rights of accident victims in Fort Worth, TX. Stephen Law has recovered more than $100 million for such clients to date.
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How Our Fort Worth Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help With Your Car Accident Claim
Drivers often get distracted in parking lots. They may lose focus while looking for parking spots or exiting the lot. When they do, they can cause serious accidents. If you were injured in a parking lot accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault driver.
A Fort Worth personal injury lawyer can help you recover the money you deserve for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. Stephens Law has been helping car accident victims for over two decades and has recovered over 100 million dollars for clients.
When you hire Stephens Law, you expect your Fort Worth car accident lawyer to:
- Conduct an exhaustive investigation into the cause of your auto accident
- File insurance claims, monitor deadlines, and handle all aspects of the claims process
- Work with your doctors, medical experts, and other professionals to calculate the value of your damages
- Negotiate for fair compensation for your injuries
- Take your case to trial to protect your rights.
You do not need to battle the insurance company alone. You can have a highly-trained legal team on your side. Contact Stephens Law today to speak with a Fort Worth personal injury attorney free of charge.
How Common Are Parking Lot Accidents?
More than 50,000 accidents occur in parking lots and garages each year in the United States. These crashes cause more than 60,000 injuries and 500 deaths. Children have an especially high risk of injury in parking lots because of a lack of attention and supervision.
An NSC public opinion poll revealed that a large percentage of drivers are distracted while driving through parking lots and garages.
Why Do Parking Lot Accidents Happen in Fort Worth?
Speed and distraction are two of the most common reasons for parking lot crashes. Children and adults can step out between cars or off of curbs without warning. Distracted and speeding drivers may not be able to stop in time to avoid a pedestrian accident.
Intoxication, aggressive driving, and failure to follow traffic signs are other common causes of parking lot accidents. Backing up accidents are a frequent problem in parking lots and garages. A vehicle may back into another vehicle or a person, or two cars may hit each other while backing up simultaneously.
What Types of Injuries Are Caused by Parking Lot Accidents?
Insurance companies may downplay parking lot accidents. They may claim that people are not seriously injured in a low-speed accident.
However, parking lot accidents can cause severe injuries and wrongful deaths. Injuries caused by parking lot accidents include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Chest injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
It is best to see a doctor as soon as possible after a parking lot accident. Only a doctor can evaluate your condition and determine the severity of your injuries.
Can I Sue Another Driver or Party for an Accident in a Parking Lot?
Drivers can be held liable for damages if they cause a parking lot accident. Most injury claims are settled without filing a lawsuit. However, if the insurance company refuses to negotiate a fair settlement, you can file a lawsuit seeking damages.
Damages for a parking lot accident include:
- Past and future medical bills and expenses
- Past and future loss of income and benefits
- Physical pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disabilities and permanent impairments
- Future loss of earning potential
- Mental anguish and emotional distress
- Cost of personal care and nursing care
- Reduced quality of life
The other driver may claim that you are partially at fault for the cause of the crash. If so, your compensation could be reduced under Texas comparative fault laws. However, if you are 51 percent or more at fault, you cannot recover any money for your damages.
What Should I Do After a Parking Lot Accident in Fort Worth?
Call 911 to report the accident. Police officers will respond to file a crash report. Never admit fault for the cause of the accident.
If possible, take photographs of the accident scene, especially the position of the vehicles. Include any traffic signals and painted arrows or stop signs in your photographs. Ask eyewitnesses for their names and contact numbers.
As soon as possible, see a doctor to document your injuries. You may also want to consult with a car accident lawyer to discuss your legal rights and options for recovering compensation for damages.
Call to Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Fort Worth Parking Lot Accident Lawyers
Did a negligent driver injure you? If so, we want to help. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys.