Even in seemingly safe locations like parking lots, car accidents always have the potential to cause serious injuries. Many people are injured in Los Angeles parking lot accidents each year. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries if you’ve been injured in a car accident, slip and fall, or assault in a parking lot.
Saeedian Law Group is prepared to help you pursue the total and fair compensation you deserve. We will carefully evaluate your case to determine which party or parties are at fault for your injuries. Our attorneys will work with financial and medical experts to determine the total damages. Contact Saeedian Law Group today to schedule your free case evaluation.
Types of Parking Lot Accident Cases We Handle in Los Angeles
Drivers may let their guard down when driving through a parking lot or a garage, thinking that the slower speeds make it less likely that they’ll be involved in an accident. They may be distracted by the other drivers, the displays in the store window, or looking for a parking spot when they lose focus and fail to notice a pedestrian or driver.
Drivers may be more likely to make a phone call or text while in a parking lot, causing an accident. At Saeedian Law Group, we handle a wide range of parking lot accident cases, including the following:
- Two drivers back into each other while leaving a parking spot
- Two cars try to pull into the same parking spot, causing an accident
- Accidents caused by distracted driving
- A driver pulls out of a parking space and backs into a vehicle
- A driver collides with a pedestrian in a parking structure
- A pedestrian becomes injured in a slip-and-fall accident in a parking lot
- A pedestrian becomes injured after an assault due to negligence security practices
- A pedestrian becomes injured in an elevator accident while exiting the parking lot
Proving Liability in Los Angeles
Parking lot owners are legally responsible for keeping their space reasonably safe. When their negligence causes a victim’s injuries, the victim can hold the at-fault party accountable through a personal injury lawsuit. The victim must prove liability to recover compensation through an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit.
Determining a liability or fault in a parking lot accident can be challenging. For example, if the accident involved multiple drivers, multiple parties could be at fault. The other drivers may try to claim that you were the one at fault. If you try to pursue an insurance claim, the insurance company may claim that you are at fault to avoid paying you compensation. For all of these reasons, it’s crucial that you reach out to an attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can begin gathering evidence after investigating the scene of the accident. Your attorney will also be able to defend you from accusations that you contributed to the accident.
Premises Liability Accidents That Occur in Parking Lots
Car accidents aren’t the only serious accidents that can cause injuries. Parking lot owners are legally obligated to keep their promises reasonably safe for their guests and customers. For example, suppose a parking lot is located in a high-crime area. In that case, the owner should install security cameras and high-quality lighting and may be required to hire security personnel. When owners fail to take these precautions and a victim is injured in an assault or due to a slip and fall accident, the victim can hold a property owner liable. These types of cases are called premises liability cases.
Injuries Caused By Parking Lot Accidents
When a vehicle is moving only a few miles an hour in a parking lot, it can still threaten the lives of pedestrians and other drivers in the parking lot. When a vehicle collides with a pedestrian, it will transfer thousands of pounds of force into the pedestrian causing the pedestrian to hit the pavement with a lot of force.
Some parking lot accidents happen when drivers are speeding through the parking lot or structure, unaware of those around them and endangering everyone in their vicinity. Pedestrians are at risk of serious injury or death when they’re involved in a parking lot accident. Injuries caused by these types of accidents include the following:
- Spinal cord injuries leading to partial or complete paralysis
- Internal organ damage
- Bruising and lacerations
- Neck and head injuries, including concussions
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
The types of injuries listed above can be expensive to treat. Expenses can add up quickly, especially when the victim cannot return to work. The goal of pursuing a personal injury lawsuit is to obtain compensation to make you financially whole again. Plaintiffs can recover direct economic losses for their past and future medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and more.
If a person has become disabled and unable to work, they can also recover expenses for loss of earning capacity. Plaintiffs cannot pursue non-economic damages for their pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement, and other damages that are more challenging to quantify.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
When a parking lot accident involves a pedestrian, it can end in a pedestrian’s death. When a victim’s death is caused by another driver’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional behavior, the surviving family members can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit for compensation. Wrongful death lawsuits empower the spouse, children, parents, or other personal representatives to hold the negligent party responsible for their loved one’s death. Family members can also recover compensation for their loved one’s medical expenses, funeral expenses, loss of income, and more.
Reach Out to a Los Angeles Parking Lot Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a parking lot accident caused by another party’s negligence, you have a legal right to pursue compensation. You only have a limited time to file a claim for compensation in California. The sooner you reach out to an attorney, the more time your attorney will have to investigate, gather evidence, and develop an effective legal strategy. Contact Saeedian Law Group today to schedule a free case evaluation.