Parking Lot Accidents

Respected Southern California Car Accident Attorneys Aggressively Pursuing Compensation on Behalf of Accident Victims in Los Angeles and Orange Counties

Driving through a parking lot probably isn’t at the top of anyone’s list when it comes to dangerous traffic situations. Most people recognize that the chances of an accident are relatively high in a parking lot but assume that any accident wouldn’t necessarily result in serious injury. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case—parking lot accidents can cause serious—and even fatal—injuries. At Power Trial Lawyers, we help pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and passengers recover compensation for the injuries they sustained in parking lot accidents. Our experience, knowledge, and dedication to each of our clients’ cases gives us the edge that you are looking for when searching for a parking lot accident attorney.

Types of Parking Lot Accidents

With drivers constantly coming in and out and pedestrians walking to their cars, parking lots can be confusing—and potentially dangerous—places. Drivers have a duty to exercise caution when navigating parking lots; however, despite this, parking lot accidents are quite common. Below are a few of the most common types of parking lot accidents:

  • A driver hits an unoccupied car;
  • Two cars collide when backing out;
  • Two cars crash pulling into the same parking spot from different directions;
  • Two vehicles collide while traveling through a parking lot; or
  • A driver hits a pedestrian or bicyclist.

Low Speed Collisions Can Still Cause Serious Injuries

Most parking lot accidents occur at relatively low speeds. However, that doesn’t mean that these accidents are not dangerous. In fact, studies suggest that an accident occurring at as low a speed as five or ten miles per hour can cause a vehicle occupant to suffer whiplash. Of course, the most serious parking lot accidents involve pedestrians and cyclists. While navigating a parking lot may present certain challenges to motorists, it doesn’t change the fact that they always have a duty to drive carefully, at a reasonable speed, and to obey all posted traffic signs and lane markings.

Who is Liable in a Parking Lot Accident?

After a parking lot accident, victims can bring a personal injury lawsuit against any party whose negligence contributed to the accident. Of course, in most cases, this means that an accident victim files a lawsuit against another driver who was distracted, speeding, or not following the posted signs in the parking lot.

When it comes to establishing fault in a parking lot accident, the same negligence rules that govern all other car accidents apply. Thus, to recover for your injuries, you must prove that the other driver breached a duty of care they owed to you and that their breach of that duty resulted in your injuries.

In some parking lot accidents, the business that is responsible for designing or maintaining the parking lot may also be on the hook for a victim’s damages. This is typically the case when the parking lot was not adequately maintained or designed in a way that made it difficult for motorists to know how to safely navigate the lot. An experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer can help accident victims understand who is responsible for their injuries and prepare a compelling case to obtain the maximum compensation available.

Have You Been Injured in a Parking Lot Accident?

If you or a loved one was recently injured in a Southern California parking lot accident, the injury advocates at Power Trial Lawyers are here to help. We have more than a decade of hands-on experience holding negligent drivers accountable for the harms they’ve caused our clients. Our attorneys are both skilled negotiators and aggressive litigators, which means we have the ability to effectively handle your case from beginning to end. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with an attorney today, call (888) 808-2179. You can also reach us through our secure online contact form. We proudly represent clients in Orange County and Los Angeles County and have conveniently located offices in Newport Beach and Los Angeles.

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