Who’s At Fault for My Parking Lot Accident?October 10, 2019
Fault for a parking lot accident will depend on how the accident happened. Sometimes, one party may be to blame, and other times, many parties can share fault.
Revealing more about liability for parking lot accidents, here’s a closer look at:
- How fault determinations for these crashes are made
- The most common forms of negligence that cause these accidents
- Who’s typically liable for the damage and harm caused by parking lot accidents.
Whenever you’re ready for answers specific to your situation and potential claim, don’t hesitate to contact the Amaro Law Firm. We’re ready to explain your legal rights and options for seeking financial recovery in the aftermath of a parking lot accident.
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How Do You Determine Fault for a Parking Lot Accident?
Figuring out what caused a parking lot crash and who’s to blame for it generally involves looking at the available evidence. This can include:
- Police reports: If police were called after the crash and they arrive at the scene to investigate, they’ll write up an official accident report. This report may include important details, like whether an involved driver was impaired at the time of the crash—or whether another party admitted blame after the accident.
- Witness statements: Anyone who saw the crash, which could include those involved in it, may be able to explain what happened before, during, or immediately after the impact. Witnesses can also provide helpful details about the parking lot itself, like whether it was poorly lit or poorly maintained at the time of the crash.
- Accident scene photos: These pictures can depict everything from the exact spot of the crash to the scope of the damage, the features of the parking lot, and more. While accident scene photos can back up (or refute) witness accounts, they can also be a gateway to additional evidence, like the pavement conditions at the time of the accident.
- Security camera footage: If a parking lot has operational security cameras, recordings from these cameras may have captured the accident. This footage can be essential evidence for determining and proving fault.
- Other evidence: Depending on who’s involved in parking lot accident, anything from cellphone records to trucking company records may be helpful for making fault determinations.
Based on what the available evidence reveals, any of the following parties may be at fault for a given parking lot accident when their negligence contributed to the wreck:
- Passenger vehicle drivers
- Parking lot owners
- Others, like parking lot designers or maintenance crew
To figure out exactly who’s to blame for your parking lot accident, contact the Amaro Law Firm for a free consultation. We can evaluate the available evidence and explain more about liability and how to move forward.
Am I Entitled to Compensation If I Was Partly At Fault for the Crash?
Whether you’re eligible for compensation after a parking lot accident will depend on your role in causing it. Specifically, if you are found to be no more than 50% at fault for the accident, Texas law says that you can still be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses.
In cases where victims are partly at-fault for an accident, recoveries for successful cases will be reduced in proportion to the degree of fault.
So, for example, if you’re found to be 10% at fault for an accident and the recovery is $50,000, the compensation would be reduced by 10% (or $5,000), resulting in a recovery of $45,000.
How Can I Hold the At-Fault Party Accountable for Causing My Parking Lot Accident?
The best way to hold at-fault parties accountable for the accidents and harm they cause is to partner with the Amaro Law Firm.
Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to helping accident victims:
- Identify all at-fault parties and hold them all accountable
- Navigate each step on the road to recovery and justice
- Maximize their recoveries so they can restore their lives.
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