There is no good place to be involved in a car accident, but parking lots can make it more difficult than usual to determine who was at fault. Keep reading to learn how fault is determined, and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you would like to request a free legal consultation with an experienced Orange County personal injury attorney.
Drivers Are Almost Always At-Fault for Pedestrian Accidents in Parking Lots
With very few exceptions, if a car strikes a pedestrian in a parking lot, the driver is going to be at fault. This is true whether the car was backing out of a space, driving down a lane, turning – no matter what, unless the pedestrian acting extremely recklessly, the driver will be at fault.
Right of Way Laws in Parking Lots
One of the reasons these accidents can have complex liability is because it is not always clear what the right of way rules are. In most parking lots, there are several lanes and cars parked on both sides. There might be additional lanes around the boundary where additional cars can come in and out of the parking area.
In most cases, the vehicles that are driving in the through lanes will have the right-of-way, and drivers that approach are required to yield to them. But even that can become tricky – if the driver in the thorough lane did not stop at a STOP or YIELD sign, then they would no longer have the right of way.
Accidents That Occur When a Car Is Pulling into or Out of Parking Spots
When more than one car is pulling out of a spot at the same time, toward the same lane, they can collide without seeing the other one coming. It can be difficult to determine liability in these cases since both vehicles would have had equal rights of way. Both drivers had the responsibility to ensure that it was safe to back up into the lane, and neither did.
Do You Need Help with a Car Accident Case in Orange County?
If you were involved in a car accident in Orange County and liability is less than clear, then we recommend you contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for a free legal consultation. We will begin by understanding the background of your case. If we decide to take your case, we will do so on a contingency basis.
This means that you do not owe us any upfront money for your case. Instead, our fee comes from the money we recover from you. If we do not recover money, then you do not owe us for your legal fees. Contact us now to learn more.