Most of us have come back to our vehicle in a large parking lot to find a dent, ding or worse left on our vehicle and no one around to blame. It happens every day, all across America. Even if you are there when someone backs into you or sideswipes your vehicle, many times the police may not respond if there is no injury as many parking lots are considered private property. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers helps people injured in Chicago car accidents occuring in parking lots.
While the damage to your vehicle is an inconvenience, when a driver darts into a parking spot or fails to look before backing out, they pose a serious threat to the safety of pedestrians in the area. As large malls and shopping centers become more common, so do the prevalence of people being hit by cars in parking lots and parking garages. Even at relatively slow speeds, a person struck by a vehicle can sustain serious injuries– even if the impact just causes them to lose balance.How To Handle A Chicago Parking Lot Accident Involving A Vehicle?
If you or your car is hit in a parking lot, it should be handled like any other car accident. Get the other persons information, such as their insurance, driver’s license information (address, name and license number) and their phone number. Take down information related to their vehicle: make /model, license plate. Always call the police, even if they refuse to respond. If you are injured, request and ambulance or seek medical attention as soon as feasible.
In a hit and run parking lot accident, look around for witnesses. If the police refuse to respond, get the name, address and phone number of anyone who witnesses the accident. Take pictures with your cell phone or a camera if possible. Call your insurance company as soon as possible and get their advice on how to proceed. You may need to go to the police station and file a walk in report of your accident to ensure you are compensated for your claim.Pedestrians Hit By Cars Backing Up In Lots & Garages
Although most parking lot accidents are usually property damage claims, not all fall in to that category. 19% of all fatal back over accidents, where a car backs over a person, are in nonresidential parking lots. 52% of back-over injury accidents happen in these same parking areas.
As with any auto injury accident, a back-over accident should involve calling the police and medical emergency response. Getting medical attention is first and foremost in any accident. However, once the victim has had medical treatment, their needs to be an investigation by police or even legal personnel of security videos and witnesses to document exactly what happened.Accident Attorneys in Chicago Who Are on Your Side
Chicago parking lot accidents can be frustrating at the very least. Having a lawyer who knows the laws, medicine and understands your rights can make a large difference in settling your claim and maximizing the value of it. As trusted car accident attorneys in Chicago, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help people injured in parking lot car accidents get every penny they that the law entitles them to. Contact our office today for a free, no obligation consultation.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are there to help you whether the claim you have is for yourself, a child or another family member. Our consultations are always free and we are here to advise you on the best move for your situation.
Resources for parking lot and garage safety:
- Cars in parking lots posting a danger to pedestrians
- Can cameras protect people from backing up vehicles?