Parking lot car accidents are some of the most common accidents that occur in Florida. The fact that the speed limit in parking lots is usually around 10 miles an hour means that these types of accidents typically are not serious. However, with cars going in different directions, it is not always apparent who has the right of way. Not understanding who has the right-of-way means determining who is at fault for the accident can be confusing.
The Right-of-Way Rules in Parking Lots
As there are many lanes with cars parked on both sides. There are roads going around the parking lot’s perimeter and vehicles entering the parking lanes. A parking lot can be a real driving hazard in itself. Typically, the vehicles in the through pathways will have the right-of-way. Drivers coming to the through lanes from the parking lanes must yield the right-of-way to those drivers in the through lanes. If a driver moves out into a through lane and then collides with a car driving in the through lane, the driver exiting the parking lane will most likely be at fault for the collision. Sometimes, a driver in the through lane does not stop or yield at the traffic signs that give the right-of-way to the car exiting the parking lanes. Therefore, that driver who failed to obey the traffic signs is at fault.
Coming into a Parking Place and Backing Out of a Parking Place.
Collisions very often happen when two cars are backing out of spots on the opposite sides of the same parking lane. Here both drivers have a duty to check to see if it is safe to back into the lane of travel before they do so. When it is not clear which car began to back up first, fault determination is difficult. These types of collisions in parking lots are the most common type of parking lane accident. Do not assume that you are at fault in such a situation. Fault determination is vital for the drivers involved in parking lot accidents. This will determine if your insurance will cover damage to the car and any personal injuries that may result from the collision. You must be careful what you say at the car accident scene. Never admit fault and let the insurance companies do their claim investigations.
Your Accident May be Caused by Improper Maintenance of the Parking Lot.
Property owners are required to provide adequate lighting and be free from debris and other obstructions. Your accident could have been due to poor maintenance of the parking lot. You may be able to take legal action against the parking lot owner.
Personal injuries May Be Sustained in Parking Lot Accidents
Even at slow speed, a car crash can cause some severe injuries. Types of damages that are common after a parking lot accident may include:
- Soft tissue injury
- Cuts and Bruises from airbags deploying
- Broken bones
- Neck and back injuries
It is crucial that you get medical documentation when you experience any of the above injuries. You should be able to recover the appropriate compensation for your injuries. It is especially important that you consult with an experienced parking lot accident attorney to assist you in building a compelling case on your behalf. Experienced local attorneys at the King Law Firm will relentlessly pursue your maximum compensation. We have the experience and proven results to give you confidence that you have hired the right firm.
Contact Our Ocala Personal Injury Lawyers
King Law Firm represents the injured in Ocala, The Villages, and other locations throughout Marion County and Central Florida. Every legal aspect of your case will be handled by a skilled local attorney beginning with a free consultation. If you choose to retain our legal services, we will represent you on a contingency basis. Therefore, our attorneys’ fees will be due when we recover compensation for you.
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