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Auto Accidents and Private Property: What Are Your Legal Rights

By William Chanfrau, Jr. on January 25, 2015

The aftermath of a car accidentThe Central Florida lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau have been proudly serving injury victims and their loved ones in all kinds of lawsuits. Professional legal help is especially important to pursue in auto accidents that result in significant property damage and injuries. With this in mind, we'd like to consider some basics when it comes to auto accidents that occur on private property.

Parking Lot and Private Property Accidents Can Be Dangerous

Many times accidents that occur in parking lots or other sorts of private property are fender benders that involve some property damage. This is because vehicles tend not to travel very fast while in parking lots or while on private property.

Even still, private property accidents can be quite dangerous. Sudden impacts even at relatively low speed can still lead to neck injuries, head injuries, and other kinds of trauma. Airbags may go off, causing contusions, lacerations, and even mild burns. If a vehicle hits a pedestrian or bicyclist, this can be quite bad simply given how vulnerable these groups are to major harm. Just remember that the potential for serious injury can occur anywhere.

Be Sure to Call the Authorities In Cases of Injury

If someone has experienced an injury of some kind, be sure to notify the authorities. Medical attention may be required, and the police may need to file a criminal report depending on the nature of the incident (e.g., drunk driving).

Seek Security Personnel If Available for an Incident Report

If the private property has a security detail of some kind in place, it's a good idea to flag down the security official so an incident report can be made. This official incident report may be helpful when it comes to legal actions taken against the negligent party.

Document the Accident Yourself: Photos and Exchanging Info

Be sure to document the incident yourself using your smart phone or a digital camera. Exchange insurance information and contact information with the other person involved. If there are witnesses present, be sure to get their contact information so they can help in legal cases.

Consider the Nature of the Accident and What Caused It

When it comes to the incident itself, be sure to consider the nature of the accident and its potential causes.

For instance, was it driver inattention on the part of the other motorist that led to the accident, or was it poor signage and bad lighting at the private property? In the former case, a personal injury lawsuit would be filed against the negligent motorist, while in the other example, it may be a good idea to pursue a premises liability lawsuit against the owners of the property.

During a legal consultation, you will be able to learn more about these sorts of matters and how best to proceed with your case.

Contact the Law Firm of Chanfrau & Chanfrau

For more information about auto accidents and your legal rights following a serious collision of any kind, be sure to contact our personal injury lawyers today. The legal team here at Chanfrau & Chanfrau will be more than happy to answer all of your questions and address your concerns in full detail.

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