Parking Lot Accidents
Whether you are at the store, at work, or doing something fun like taking in a sporting event, we are constantly parking our cars in parking lots and parking garages. With office and retail development and shopping malls, cities and towns like Boulder, Louisville, Lafayette, Longmont, and Erie, are no exception. While most parking lot accidents result in property damage like dents and dings, sometimes people get hurt in parking lot crashes. For example, at Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, our lawyers have seen many cases of inattentive drivers driving too fast down parking lot lanes and hitting cars in other lanes, or cars carelessly backing out and hitting pedestrians, among others. Depending on the circumstances, there is no doubt that parking lot accidents can be serious. If you have been hurt in an accident in a parking lot, we invite you to call our Boulder parking lot accident lawyers today at 303-543-1000 for a free consultation to discuss how we might be able to help you.Tips for What to do After a Parking lot Accident
The first thing you should always do after an accident, including parking lot accidents, is make sure you call 911 for medical attention and the police. Unfortunately, especially parking lot accidents where the injuries initially seem minor, we have found that the police department does not always respond. This is because parking lots are often on private property, at least as far as auto accidents are concerned. While an ambulance will likely arrive, if the police don’t or won’t come, you may be the only one who is in a position to investigate your accident. This means that in addition to exchanging information with the other driver, you should do your best to collect evidence of the incident. If you are too injured to do an investigation, ask someone you trust to help you.
If there were any witnesses who saw the crash, or even the circumstances leading to it, it is important that you get their contact information. Video evidence may also be available, so it is important that you ask the store, parking garage, or parking lot owner for a copy of any video that may show what transpired. It is also important that you take photos (using your cell phone is fine) of the scene and the damage to your car or the car that hit you. There are other things you can do as well, and our Boulder parking lot accident attorneys are experienced with the investigation process and can help you get the evidence you need to prove your claim.Dangers of Backing up in Parking Lots and Garages
As we mentioned above, sometimes cars back up out of their parking spaces without looking. When this happens, people who are walking behind the car are put in danger, and this is especially true with small children and the elderly. While safety technology such as warning sensors on cars have reduced the number of serious accidents from backing up out of parking spaces, this danger has not been eliminated. On the other side of the coin, many newer cars are extremely quiet and seem like they are off when they are actually on. This can make it seem like it is safe to walk behind a parked vehicle when it may not be.
When a car backs up and rolls over a small child or elderly person, our Boulder parking lot accident lawyers know first-hand that the consequences can be severe, including paralysis or death. When these types of tragedies occur, it is important that your case is worked up to hold the at-fault person(s) accountable and obtain the maximum financial compensation possible. At Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, our Boulder parking lot accident attorneys know Colorado personal injury law and can help you get full and fair compensation for your harms and losses.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Boulder parking lot accident, we invite you to call our experienced Boulder personal injury attorneys today at 303-543-1000 for a free consultation about your accident and how we can help.