Tragic Valet Parking Lot Accident


June 03, 2017

Article Summary: A woman tragically died in a horrific accident involving valet parking, according to a report from AJC.com. A car was rolling backward with no one in the driver's seat. A valet jumped into the car to try to stop it, and he accidentally pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake. The car struck six people, including a thirty-three-year-old Connecticut woman. When the car hit the woman, it pinned her between it and another vehicle. She was transported to a hospital, where she later died of her injuries. The other five pedestrians were also injured and are expected to recover.

Damaged Cars Are Not the Only Risks of Valet Parking

The recent tragic death of a Connecticut woman who got hit by a car in a valet parking situation is a reminder that scratches and dents on your vehicle are not the only things that can go wrong when you use valet parking. There is a risk of property damaged in valet parking situations, but there is also the risk of injury, or even death.

Valet Parking Accident Injury Claims

Valet parking is a service that many of us use without even thinking that we are placing ourselves in danger. We may think about the possible damage to our vehicles, but most of us are unlikely to think that we could get hurt while we are using the valet service at a place where we are parking our car. When you are in a parking lot, and you are not in your car, you are a pedestrian. In a valet lot, you may be walking in areas where the workers are moving cars around, taking them from people who are coming into the lot and returning them to people who are leaving.

If you are present in or near the area where the cars are moving, there is a risk that you could get hurt by one of the moving vehicles. A valet could be distracted and could strike you with a car as they drive by. The aforementioned tragic accident involved a vehicle that was unoccupied, which began to roll backward. While the initial reports of the accident did not say why this occurred, the tragic incident described above serves as a reminder that the cars that are in the hands of valets are not cars that they are familiar with. When you own a vehicle, you learn how to drive it and how to park it, you become accustomed to its size, its shape and how it handles. You know how to secure it when you park it. Valets park many different cars, and they may not know how to safely drive or park each one because they do not spend more than a few minutes in each of them. This creates an accident risk that people who use valet parking need to be mindful of so that they can stay alert in the valet lot.

Contact a Lawyer Today to Arrange a Consultation

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may have many questions. Pedestrian accidents can cause serious injuries and are sometimes even fatal. You can also learn about your legal rights and options by speaking with an experienced Atlanta auto accident attorney at Montlick & Associates about your accident.

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Sources:  http://www.ajc.com/news/local/woman-killed-hurt-atlanta-valet-parking-accident/Ibv8WiThEzijHTHL5EwUlL/

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