A California parking lot accident may happen when you least expect it. Drivers sometimes forget that they need to stay alert for other drivers when they are in a parking lot. They may not look behind them while backing up, drive a little too fast, or be looking for a parking place that they don’t notice another driver coming toward them. Like accidents on a main road, parking lot accidents may be caused by distractions such as tuning the radio or texting while driving.
California is an “at-fault” state rather than a “no-fault” state, and this pertains to parking lot accidents as well as accidents that happen on a main road. This means efforts will be made to determine whose fault it was when a car accident occurs. In some cases, both drivers are partially at fault, and it will need to be determined what percentage of fault each driver has.
Types of California Parking Lot Accidents
When you are driving through a parking lot, the right of way may not be as clear as it is on a street. It can be a distracting place to drive since your mind is probably focused on finding a place to park along with the errand you are about to do. If you’re in an unfamiliar parking lot, you might be looking around trying to figure out where to go rather than paying attention to the road directly in front of you.
This can lead to many different types of accidents such as accidents caused by:
- Backing up without looking
- Driving the wrong direction
- Stopping short, or one car rear-ending another at a stop sign
- Turning into oncoming traffic
- Failure to stop at a stop sign
- Competing for a parking place
After a Parking Lot Accident
In California, if you are in a parking lot accident, it works like any other accident. Before doing anything else, make sure no one is hurt. If anyone has been injured, call 911 right away.
You will need to exchange information with the other driver. If there are any witnesses to the accident, get their contact information. It’s also a good idea to take photos of any damage that may help document exactly how the accident occurred.
Determining Fault in a Parking Lot Accident
When an accident happens in a parking lot, sometimes only one of the vehicles was moving. If only one vehicle was moving, that driver will likely be found at fault or mostly at fault. If two drivers were both backing up and backed into each other, they would share a portion of the fault.
If both cars were moving, insurance companies will try to determine who had the right of way based on the traffic pattern, along with any witness statements. There may be other factors to consider such as weather conditions or amount of daylight. If one driver was clearly going too fast, that driver will most likely be found to be at fault.
Injuries in a Parking Lot Accident
Most parking lot accidents are fender benders and don’t involve injuries, but if a driver is speeding, hits a pedestrian or sideswipes another vehicle, it’s possible to end up hurt. If this has happened to you, and you or a loved one have been injured in a California parking lot accident caused by the negligence of another driver, it’s a good idea to consult an expert personal injury lawyer.
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