Generally, people think of parking lots as a mundane, regular, and unnotable aspect of our day. In fact, most people do not even think about parking lots at all, aside from when they are in one. This is why a parking lot accident generally catches people off-guard. However, if you have been injured due to an icy surface or other hazardous conditions, you are most likely looking into recovering financial compensation for the injuries you have sustained. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What most commonly causes parking lot accidents?
Unfortunately, several different factors contribute to parking lot accidents. Parking lots are far more dangerous than many of us would expect. Sometimes negligent drivers are responsible, and other times the property owner is held responsible. A property owner would most likely be liable for accidents caused by hazardous conditions such as:
- Inadequate security
- Poor lighting
- Lack of hazard warning signs
- Inadequate striping
- Poor weather conditions, such as snow or ice
- Standing water
How do I know if I am entitled to financial compensation following a parking lot accident?
In any personal injury claim, to recover compensation, you must first prove you were injured due to another party’s negligence. Insurance companies will try and fight your claim, so it is extremely important you hire an experienced attorney who ensures you are doing everything you can to win the compensation you deserve.
How do I prove another party’s negligence in a personal injury claim?
Fortunately, on top of hiring an attorney, you can take additional measures to help prove your claim. For example, you may recover security camera footage of your incident or its aftermath. This is generally the best way to prove your claim. However, you may also wish to ask any witnesses of your accident for their name, email, phone number, or any other contact information. They may verify your claim in court if need be, so it is something definitely worth considering, especially if you do not have video evidence. Additionally, you should always seek medical attention immediately following an accident, as a medical professional will treat your injuries and provide you with medical documentation regarding their extent. Lastly, always be mindful of what you post on social media once you file your claim. Insurance companies may be monitoring your accounts, and if you give them any reason to believe you are faking your claim, they will use it against you.
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