Busy parking lots that are full of pedestrians and traffic in every direction are a hot spot for car accidents. When a parking lot accident does occur, who may be at fault?
The answer is usually based on who had the right-of-way. Below, learn more about who has the right-of-way when a driver is backing out of a parking spot.
If you were injured in a parking lot accident, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our Sacramento car accident lawyers. We can discuss the legal options that may be available to you.
Parking lots are made up of two types of roadways:
Several factors determine who has the right-of-way and who may be at fault for a parking lot accident:
A Driver backing out of a parking spot must yield to others in the parking lot. Therefore, if a driver backs out of a parking space and hits another vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist, he or she may be liable for damages.
However, there are some exceptions. For example, if another driver disobeyed a posted traffic sign and caused a collision.
After a parking lot accident, you should take these important steps:
Parking lots are hectic places with obstructed visibility. Accidents in a parking lot usually occur because one person failed to yield.
Some examples include the following:
If an accident occurs because a driver’s view is obscured, it is important to determine what caused poor visibility. Was it because of an overgrown tree or poor parking lot design? If so, there is a chance that the property owner may be liable.
Property owners may be liable for hazardous conditions on their property that result in a collision. This includes the parking lot of a business.
Landlords are expected to:
It is important to note that parking lot accidents are usually a result of driver negligence, though. There is a greater chance that the property owner may only be partially liable for damages if an accident occurs.
To avoid parking lot accidents, be cautious and follow these best practices:
If you were injured in a parking lot collision, our attorneys are available to discuss possible legal options.
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