Car accidents happen all the time on Florida’s roads and highways. However, a large proportion of collisions occur at low rates of speed in a perhaps unlikely place: parking lots.
When you think about it, the fact that many accidents happen in parking lots makes a lot of sense. There are often multiple vehicles trying to back out or move through tight spaces at once, increasing the likelihood of a collision. If motorists fail to properly check their blind spots or back up without looking in the rear-view mirror, it creates a dangerous situation.
It’s important to understand that if you are involved in a car accident in a parking lot, you should treat it no differently than any other type of crash. Although these collisions tend to happen at low rates of speed, it’s still very possible that they will result in significant injuries and property damage for those involved.
To that end, sure to get key information from the other drivers, including names, phone numbers and insurance information. Additionally, there are likely to be witnesses to the accident in a parking lot. If someone is there who is willing to testify to the events of the collision, get that person’s phone number, as you may need to follow up later.
If you’ve been in a parking lot auto accident and have suffered injuries, consult a skilled attorney as soon as you can. A legal professional will examine the details of the crash and determine who or what was at fault, and can battle against any insurance companies that might try to deny a claim for compensation.
To learn more about your options after a Florida auto accident, contact the experienced legal team at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh today.