While Georgia drivers typically are attentive and cautious when traveling our streets and interstates, they might be a little less vigilant in parking lots. Drivers in parking lots can have a false sense of security because there are fewer moving vehicles, and drivers traveling through a parking lot tend to move at low rates of speed. However, a fairly sizeable number of auto collisions occur in parking lots. Further, these parking lot accidents often cause painful injury and costly vehicle damage.
Parking lot crashes can pose challenging legal issues that might not be present when accidents occur on public roadways. Sometimes parking lot crashes are caused by the owner of the lot failing to warn patrons or to correct dangerous conditions that are within the property owner’s control. There are a number of unsafe conditions in stacked parking structures or parking lots that can increase the probability of a car accident, such as:
• Inadequate lighting
• Missing or confusing signage
• Road surfaces in disrepair
• Faulty striping
Accidents in parking lots also frequently involve allegations of comparative fault against an injury victim. Insurance companies routinely attempt to blame the injured driver or pedestrian for causing this type of crash. Because these accidents often result in a battle of “he said-she said”, you should seek immediate legal advice if you are injured in a collision in a parking lot. The personal injury attorney can analyze the police report, physical evidence and witness statements and work in appropriate serious injury cases even work with crash reconstruction experts.
Some motorists injured in parking lot collisions do not think they have suffered noticeable injury, so they elect not to call the police. Our Marietta car accident attorneys strongly advise motorists to summon the police when they are involved in this type of collision, because you might later discover your injuries are more serious than you originally suspected. It is not uncommon for insurance companies to respond initially by denying claims where there is no report prepared by a law enforcement agency.
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If you or a family member have been injured in a parking lot accident, contact our experienced auto accident lawyers to learn how we can help. Montlick and Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast for over thirty years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.