Parking lots are a common setting for slow, low-impact car accidents. Those involved often do not feel that there is any need to report the incident, and vehicular damage may be very minor or non-existent. Noticeable injuries at the time of the accident are rare. However, these low-impact crashes can cause debilitating soft tissue injuries that do not produce immediate symptoms, are difficult to diagnose, and very hard to prove in court.
If you are involved in an auto accident in a parking lot you must treat it like any other auto accident to protect your rights. This includes:
- Reporting the accident to the police and your insurance company
- Trading contact and insurance information with the other driver
- Taking down the license plate number of the other vehicle
- Getting contact information from any and all witnesses
- Talking to an auto accident attorney
Responsibility in Parking Lot Auto Accidents
Most parking lots are private property, so laws that apply on the road may not apply in your accident. This does not relieve drivers of a basic duty of care. Basic rules of the road still apply.
Car accidents in parking lots are sometimes caused by dangerous conditions that are the fault of the parking lot owner. In those cases your auto accident case may turn out to be or include a premises liability lawsuit. A premise liability lawsuit for a parking lot accident requires expert investigation to prove dangerous conditions. A history of accidents in the parking lot can strengthen your case.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in a parking lot in Atlanta, Georgia or the surrounding area, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Robbins Law, PC can help. Please contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation at no cost to you. We will examine the facts in your case and help determine what type of lawsuit you should pursue to obtain just and fair compensation for your injuries.