New York Parking Lot Accidents
Statistics show that approximately 20% of all car accidents occur in commercial parking lots. The main reason of this is that parking lots typically have a lot of cars moving in different directions, coupled with a great deal of other activity. There are usually pedestrians walking through parking lots. They walk behind cars, in front of cars and in between cars. In some cases there are shopping carts in parking lots that are not always corralled. Car in parking lots often back up and have to maneuver in small spaces. The result of so much activity in a small leads to accidents. Even at slow speeds, such accidents can cause both property damage and serious injuries. A victim of such a car accident may suffer a painful, devastating injury such as a brain injury, broke bones, contusion, abrasions, a neck injury, or a spinal cord injury. These types of injuries may involve long recovery times, requiring the victim to miss a significant amount of work. However, under New York law victims of parking lot accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice and other acts of negligence have the right to seek compensation from the person whose negligence resulted in the accident. If you are in need of a New York Injury Lawyer because you or a family member was injured in a parking lot accident, it is important to contact an experienced New York Parking Lot Accidents Lawyer who will help ensure that the person responsible for your injuries is held accountable for your losses.Causes of Parking Lot Accidents
Backing out of space. Safely backing out of a parking space takes skill. Not only does it take skill, if requires the driver to be make sure that the coast is clear. If the driver that backing up does not make sure that the coast is clear before fully backing out and as a result hits you or your car, then that driver would have been negligent.
Pulling forward out of a space. Accidents also occur in a parking lot when a car pulls forward out of a space. The driver must make sure that the parking lot lane is clear before pulling out. Under New York Vehicle and Traffic Law the car that is already traveling straight down the parking lot lane has the right of way. This means that the car pulling out of a space must yield. When a car does not yield, side collisions occur.
Rear-end collisions. In crowded parking lots where drivers are hunting for spaces, it is not surprising that rear-end collisions occur. Just like when traveling on a roadway, under New York Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1129, drivers are prohibited from following another vehicle "more closely than is reasonable and prudent." If a driver does so and ends up rear-ending another vehicle, then the driver that rear-ended another vehicle would be responsible for the collision.
Pedestrian accidents. Some parking lot accidents involve a vehicle hitting a pedestrian. For example, a car operated by 34-year-old man was slowly backing from a parking space when it struck and killed 79 -year-old woman who was on foot returning to her vehicle after putting away her shopping cart. After striking the woman, the driver continued to back up until he hit a parked car, pinning the woman to the ground between the vehicles.Consequences of Parking Lot Accidents
Whether the victim is a pedestrian or in a vehicle, victims injured in parking lot accidents sometimes suffer a variety of serious injuries. Common injuries include back injuries, head trauma, broken bones, and neck injuries. Such injuries typically require expensive treatment and extended recovery time. As a result victims miss work, losing a significant amount of income. In other cases victims suffer permanent injuries so that they are not able to return to work at all. In the most serious cases victims do not survive. Through a personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death lawsuit victims or their family members may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, as well as pain and suffering.New York Parking Lot Accidents Lawyer
If you or a loved one was injured in a parking lot accident, New York law allows you to seek compensation from the person whose negligence caused the injuries. In order to ensure that your rights are protected, it is important to you contact an attorney with experience. The staff at Stephen Bilkis and Associates has extensive experience representing clients injured in car accidents, truck accidents, and other types of vehicle accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your car accident.