Some Crucial Information About Pedestrian Parking Lot Accidents
Pedestrian accidents are pretty common in parking lots. This might shock many, but the truth is that parking lots can be just as dangerous as the streets. It might also surprise many that it is possible to suffer severe injuries in a pedestrian parking lot accident. Indeed, in a parking lot, cars generally move at slow speeds. However, even an accident that occurs at a slow speed can result in serious injuries. A pedestrian parking lot accident can even result in death.
Below, we discuss common causes of pedestrian parking lot accidents, common injuries in pedestrian parking lot accidents, and recovering compensation in a pedestrian parking lot accident.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Parking Lot Accidents
Vehicles in parking lots pose a massive risk to pedestrians walking back to their cars or elsewhere. While some pedestrian parking lot accidents are unavoidable, most are avoidable. The majority of pedestrian parking lot accidents occur due to driver negligence. The following are some of the common causes of pedestrian parking lot accidents;
- Distracted driving / Texting and driving
- Failing to look before reversing
- Disobeying signs
- Trying to beat a red light
- Being too focused on finding a parking space
Common Injuries in Pedestrian Parking Lot Accidents
Although vehicles in parking lots move slowly, a pedestrian can suffer severe injuries in a pedestrian parking lot accident. The following are some of the common injuries in pedestrian parking lot accidents;
- Bruises and contusions
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage
- Soft tissue injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Recovering Compensation in a Pedestrian Parking Lot Accident
If you suffered an injury after getting hit by a negligent driver while walking in a parking lot in Florida, you have the right to file a claim against the negligent driver and recover compensation. As long as you can prove negligence on the part of the driver who hit you, you can recover compensation for your injuries and damages. For example, if you can prove that the driver who hit you was texting while driving, you can recover compensation.
The good news is that in Florida, you can recover compensation for your injuries and damages in a personal injury claim even if you are partially to blame for your accident. In fact, in Florida, you can recover compensation in a personal injury claim even if you are 99% at fault. However, if, for example, it is determined that you were distracted walking when your accident occurred, the compensation you recover will be reduced by your percentage of fault. If your percentage of fault is 20%, you will recover 80% of the compensation.
Contact a Delray Beach Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
If you sustained injuries in a pedestrian parking lot accident in Florida because of a motorist’s negligence, contact the Delray beach pedestrian accident lawyers at Lyons & Snyder. We can help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages.