Car parking accidents are fairly common. It could be that you have sustained a personal injury as a result of being hit by a car or you could have been involved in a collision with a moving or parked vehicle.
Typically, any situation in which you strike a legally parked vehicle will find you at fault. This includes reversing into a parked car, striking a car with your door when opening it, or colliding into a moving vehicle whilst backing out of the parking space.
It is up to the driver to drive with due care and attention and ensure that they check all mirrors making sure it is clear and safe before pulling out of a car parking space.
It is vital to be extra vigilant in car parks for the presence of pedestrians. Cycle accidents and pedestrian injuries are one of the most common injuries when cars manoeuvre into parking positions. The reason for this is because they are not usually as visible as larger road users such as cars.
There are a number of factors that determine who is the responsible party for a car parking accident.
A vehicle leaving a parking space has a duty to give way to traffic and ensure it is safe to leave. The same rule applies to vehicles leaving a drive way onto a street.
The driver backing out of the parking space will usually be found at fault for the collision with one exception: in a case where two cars are backing out at the same time and hit each other, fault is likely to be shared.
If you strike a legally parked vehicle you will be found to be at fault. If you collided into a parked car it is advisable that you wait around for the owner to return so you can explain and exchange contact details. If the owner does not return it is recommended that you leave your contact details written down and left securely under the windscreen wiper. If you do not stop and provide your details, you may be committing an offence for failing to stop after an accident.
If you want to make a car parking accident claim, you should aim to have the following information to hand about the accident:
You may also want to take a note of anything else during the car parking accident even if you don’t think it will matter in example the weather conditions.
You can arrange a FREE consultation with one of our expert personal injury solicitors who can help you start the claims process.
You should arrange an appointment with your GP, if you have not already done so. It is important to have your injuries documented even if they are not visible i.e soft issue injuries.
As part the claims process our specialist team will arrange for you to be examined by an independent medical expert who will detail the extent and severity of your injuries along with a recommendation for any treatment to help with the recovery process.
This report will be used as part of your claim. Our team will then handle negotiations and keep you up to date.
You may be able to make a claim for your pain and suffering. Also if you already have an injury you may still claim as the accident may have made it worse.
Also, you may be able to claim for other costs too these are special damages:
Remember to keep all your receipts and invoices as they will be used as evidence and you may not get these back if you don’t have proof.
Again, this depends on your circumstances and will take into account:
If your injury is serious, then calculating how much you will get will take longer to come to a final figure.
This is because there maybe other costs to take into account for example:
In these cases the court may award interim payments to help with the costs and to avoid you getting into financial difficulty.
If you wish to proceed with making a car parking injury claim our expert car accident claim solicitors will handle your claim from start to finish in a friendly but professional manner and arrange for any private medical treatment to aid a speedy recovery and work to negotiating a settlement figure that you deserve.
Car parking accident claims are under our no win no fee policy so there are no upfront fees to start your claim. We offer a free 15 minute initial telephone consultation with one of our solicitors so why not call today on 0330 053 7117 or you can request a call back