The legal team at Chanfrau & Chanfrau is proud to help people who have been injured in and around Central Florida. This is important for auto accidents that result in property damage and serious injuries, which require skilled attorneys to help obtain just compensation. Accidents can happen anywhere, even places that seem generally harmless.
With that in mind, let's take a moment to consider auto accidents that occur in parking lots and parking garages.
Fender Benders Are Common In Parking Lots
Some of the most common kinds of accidents in parking lots and parking garages tend to be fender benders and minor vehicle damage. This makes sense since many of these accidents occur at low speeds and with vehicles in close proximity.
When it comes to minor damage such as this, contacting an attorney tends not to be necessary. It's important that you consider the nature of the motor vehicle collision and whether the damage and circumstances of the accident are severe enough to necessitate the services of an attorney.
Serious Injuries Can Also Occur at a Parking Lot
While fender benders and minor vehicle damage tend to be most common during parking lot auto accidents, it's always possible for serious injuries to occur in these kinds of collisions as well. The injuries may be contusions and cuts, or may even be whiplash and broken bones.
The severity of these accidents tends to be defined by speed of the vehicles involved as well as the parts of the vehicle that are struck during the accident.
Issues with Driver Distraction and Collisions
A number of auto accidents in parking lots and parking garages tend to be the result of distracted drivers, particularly when people are using cellphones and/or texting behind the wheel. Many people think that the low speed limits of parking lots and garages allow them to text and drive without consequence, but any form of distraction while behind the wheel boosts the chances of an accident occurring, even at slow speeds.
Pedestrians in Parking Lots Run a Risk of Being Harmed
Pedestrians in parking lots can be seriously harmed if a car strikes them as they are walking around. Even at low speeds, the injuries that may be sustained if you are hit by a car can be quite severe. While walking in parking lots, be sure to stay out of the path of vehicles, and to remain attentive at all times.
The Design of the Parking Lot or Garage May Contribute to an Accident
There are some instances in which the reason an auto accident occurs in a parking lot is not the fault of motorists or pedestrians but rather the owner of the private property. In these cases, the design of the parking lot or the garage may contribute to accident occurring, especially if there are tight squeezes and blind turns. The property owner might be held responsible for injuries or vehicle damage that occurs in such accidents.
Speak with the Attorneys of Chanfrau & Chanfrau
To learn more about your legal rights and options following a serious motor vehicle collision, we encourage you to contact the attorneys at our personal injury law firm today. Here at Chanfrau & Chanfrau, we will work closely with you to ensure you receive just compensation for any damage to your vehicle and/or injuries sustained.