Car Parking Accident Claims *
Car parking accidents * can frequently occur in a car park and usually can be attributed to negligence of the driver who caused the accident. Highly congested car parks and busy streets can all increase the risk of an accident and a car parking accident claim *. If a vehicle abruptly drives out of a parking space without observation and collides with your car, if it is proven that the accident was caused by the other driver, you may be able to pursue a legal remedy *.
If you have suffered a personal injury from a car parking accident * you may have some questions or queries surrounding the claims process. Speaking with a Personal injury solicitor * is usually the best first step as they will be able to help you in determining liability and what you next steps will be.
Who is liable for the collision?
Within the grounds of a car park, drivers in the traffic lane have right of way. This means that a driver who pulls out of a spot and collides with a vehicle is usually the negligent party.
To successfully move forward with the claims process it simplifies the process if liability for the negligent party is proved at an early stage. In the situation of car parking accidents *, the most common source of evidence is CCTV footage captured from surrounding buildings.
CCTV footage from public areas can be requested by your solicitor.
- An inattentive driver due to fatigue causing delayed reactions
- Drivers being under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Moving pedestrians on the road such as animals or kids, causing sudden braking
- Hazardous driving conditions e.g. snow, black ice.
- Drivers being distracted by their mobile phones
- Faulty car features e.g. failed indicators
Steps to follow when in a car parking accident *
Seek medical attention
No matter how minor you think the collision was, it is highly advisable to request medical attention immediately after the incident. This will ensure that any internal injuries can be assessed. Any treatment administrated with your consent should be documented for referral.
Exchange information details
It is necessary to exchange information with the other party involved in the accident. To follow the appropriate procedure, it is advisable that the Gardaí are notified about the accident. They may inform you that they will not be attending the scene but it can be documented that an attempt to make contact was made nonetheless. Details that should be exchanged include:
- Details of the other party: name, address, contact information, vehicle registration number and vehicle insurance information
- Name and contact details of any emergency service workers who were at the scene
- Time and date of the accident
- Weather conditions at the time
- Take photographs from various angles to provide a clearer understanding of the collision.
If there were any people who witnessed the collision their contact details should be noted. Once these steps have been followed you can discuss your situation with a solicitor to figure out what option is most suitable for you to pursue.
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