Best Practices for Parking Lot Accidents
Parking lot accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, and/or pedestrians in Miami happen everyday, with millions of parking lot accidents reported every year across parking lots in the United States. Most parking lot accidents in Miami are caused by negligent motorists, pedestrians, property owners or parking lot operators. Some 18% of all reported motor vehicle accidents take place in parking lots and 15% of parking lot accidents result in damage due to a collision with another motorist in a parking lot or whether entering or exiting a parking lot in Miami. Many parking lot accidents that take place in Miami parking lots may result in personal injury from a parking lot car accident involving a pedestrian entering, exiting, or passing through a parking lot in Miami. There are several ways parking lot accidents in Miami can involve pedestrians, cyclists, or other motorists. Parking lot accidents involving pedestrians in Miami may take place at supermarkets, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, night clubs, private parking lots, etc. Pedestrians tend to let their guard down while strolling through parking lots in Miami, thus they forget about the dangers that lurk while crossing behind or in front of moving vehicles. Car, truck, or pedestrian parking lot accidents in Miami may be the result of a motorist backing-out of a parking spot in haste and inadvertently running into a pedestrian crossing the parking lot. Some parked vehicles may be blinded by a larger vehicle blocking its view of oncoming traffic or pedestrians. Sadly, hundreds of parking lot accidents end in wrongful death because of pedestrian-related parking lot accident negligence. Children and the elderly are at high risk of falling victim to parking lot accidents in Miami. Children may stray from a parent or legal guardian in a parking lot and fall victim to a parking lot accident in a Miami supermarket, shopping mall, restaurant, or amusement park. Kids are difficult to spot when backing-out, and a large number of car accident related incidents in parking lots in Miami that involve small children result in severe and sometimes wrongful death. Many times, parking lot motorists in Miami are more focused on finding a spot than looking out for other cars, some of which don’t respect the existing established lanes and traffic laws which motorists must abide by when operating a motor vehicle in a parking lot in Miami. Property damage in parking lot accidents in Miami establishments may result from shopping carts colliding with a parked car or crashing into a pedestrian. Though property damage involving shopping carts or other objects may be minor accidents, parking lot operators must take measures to make sure shopping carts do not pose a threat to the safety of pedestrians, cyclist, or other motorists. Shopping must be left unattended to in order to avoid parking lot accidents in Miami.
If you, a loved one, or family member can answer YES to any of the statements below, you may have a Personal Injury Claim from a Parking Lot accident in Miami:
- I was crashed into while driving through a parking lot in Miami.
- I was crashed into while pulling out of a parking spot in a parking lot in Miami
- I was run into while crossing through a parking lot in Miami.
- I was run into while riding my bike through a parking lot in Miami.
- A shopping cart rolled into my car and scratched the paint.
- A slippery substance caused me to slip and fall. I suffered personal injury that required medical attention.
- I was robbed while getting in/out of my car in a Miami parking lot.
- My car was vandalized while parked in a parking lot in Miami.
- My vehicle was damaged due to unsafe conditions in a Miami parking lot.
- I was crashed into by a vehicle exiting a parking lot onto the street.
- I fell victim to aggravated assault and suffered personal injury after a parking dispute
In the 'looking down generation', Miami motorists and pedestrians are constantly distracted by cell phone use, either while walking, riding, driving, or even while talking to face-to-face to other people. There are a lot of motor vehicles and pedestrians in Miami parking lots that form part of the looking down generation. Some areas of a parking lot in Miami may hold more potential probability for an accident than others. Motorists and pedestrians should apply added precaution in any poorly lit areas of a parking lot in Miami, as they can be more prone to a parking lot accident that may involve not only a car accident, but criminal activity or a slip, trip or fall accident in a Miami parking lot. Entering and exiting parking lots also requires added care. Automatic parking lot gates may lead to personal injury, property damage, or loss. On occasion, an automatic parking lot gate may lower on someone’s head, either while driving, riding, or walking under it, causing personal injury, or property to a motorist's vehicle.Who's to Blame in a Parking Lot Accident in Miami?
Firstly, motorists should know that there are rules set in place for operating a car, truck, SUV, or motorcycle in a parking lot in Florida parking lots. Just like Miami streets, larger commercial and public parking lots have thoroughfares and feeder lanes, which work as ‘right of way’ rules in Miami. Thoroughfares are the wider lanes inside a parking lot from which motor vehicles enter, travel through, and exit the parking lot in Miami. The feeder lanes are narrower that cut through the thoroughfares leading to the parking spots. Motorists heading along the thoroughfare have right-of-way thus the motorists entering a thoroughfare are obliged to yield. Motorists pulling out of a spot are obliged to yield to thoroughfare traffic in the same way a motorists yields to traffic when pulling out of his/her driveway onto a street, avenue, etc. Parking lot accidents as a result of a motorists failing to abide by the basic parking lot driving laws may be held legally liable for any personal injury, property damage, loss, or even wrongful death as a result of parking lot accident caused by driving negligently in Miami. Motorists may sometimes back-out into each other. When this happens, the ruling is usually 50-50, depending on the corresponding insurance or police report. Motorists that crash into another parked vehicle are usually 90% liable for property damage. Sometimes vehicles may not be parked properly and lead to a parking lot accident in Miami. Perazzo Law advised motorists that cause property damage to another vehicle to refrain from leaving the scene of the accident without reporting the incident. Failure to do so may be deemed Hit and Run, which is a criminal charge. Insurance companies have special ways of handling parking lot accidents in Miami. Even though parking lot traffic generally operates at slower speeds, with the legal limit set at 1-15 mph. impacts and collisions can be costly. Some motorists have PIP insurance, which covers up to $10,000 in damages. But if there is personal injury involved, there won’t be much left to cover a new fender and the paint job. The victim may have collision coverage, but again, there may be clauses which prevent the policy holder to collect for damages. On average, parking lot accident victims in Miami parking lots have ten days to report the parking lot accident. The Perazzo Law Firm Personal Injury staff recommends parking lot accident victims to handle parking lot accidents that result in personal injury, property damage, or loss in the same way they would a car accident on a Miami street. Seek eyewitness testimony, contact the authorities, seek medical assistance if needed, and keep all medical records. The Perazzo Law Firm urges parking lot accident victims to contact the Miami or the North Miami Beach office to find about more about parking lot related accident insurance claims in Miami.
Parking Lot Accidents in Miami can either fall under Premises Liability Litigation or Motor-vehicle Accident Claim, both of which can lead to an Insurance Claim. Let the Perazzo Law Firm handle your personal injury claim following an accident in a parking lot in Miami.
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