Parking Lot Injuries
Dallas/Fort Worth is an area of commuters. We drive our cars everywhere. Therefore, each store, restaurant, office building, etc. has parking lots and parking spaces galore. Countless Texans are injured in parking lot collisions each day. Patrick R. Kelly is your injury attorney when you are injured in a parking lot collision in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas. Mr. Kelly is equipped and experienced in the factual and legal issues involved in parking lot automobile wrecks.
A parking lot can be one of the most likely places to have a car wreck. The common factors attributing to their frequency are numerous. Many drivers are distracted trying to find a spot or thinking about where they want to shop. Many parking lots are congested. Parking lots have other obstructions that make visibility of pedestrians and other drives difficult such as signs, shrubbery, trees, and walls. Lack of visibility is the most common factor which causes vehicle wrecks in parking lots. Another huge factor is which rules apply to parking lots. For example, there are no roads in parking lots. It is a huge concrete driveway. Many drivers are confused as to who has the right-of-way. An anxious driver may cut across a vast parking lot only to be t-boned by another driver because there are no clear driving lanes. It is important to note that most parking lots are privately owned and maintained. As such, many traffic rules and laws won’t apply to parking lots. All this means is that many standard traffic violations can’t or won’t be enforced by local police departments. This makes for a dangerous driving environment. Of course, common sense and safety still must be applied while driving in a parking lot. Although police may not hold faulty drivers accountable in a parking lot, a good auto injury attorney can through a civil legal action.
Probably the most common type of collision that occurs in a parking lot is when one driver is backing out of a parking spot. Views are highly obstructed. Both the car pulling out of the parking space and the car driving through the lot must be hyper aware, drive slowly with caution, and check mirrors. Cars can back into each other while pulling out simultaneously. Which driver is at fault when two cars back into each other in a parking lot? It depends on the facts of each case. A dedicated and experienced personal injury lawyer like Patrick R. Kelly should be consulted to determine legal options.
The person or company who owns the parking lot or maintains the lot can also be held liable if the parking lot is dangerous due to its design or mismanagement. Again, all the facts must be scrutinized to determine if a person who is injured in a parking lot can bring a claim against the owner or manager of the parking lot.
The Law Offices of Patrick R. Kelly handles numerous parking lot automobile accidents. Many clients initially approach us to determine his or her options. Even though many parking lot collisions are low impact, Patrick R. Kelly knows that folks are injured in such collisions and need legal guidance. Call our office today to set up a free consultation so that he can evaluate your case. We handle all of our parking lot injury cases on a contingency fee basis. No attorneys’ fees are charged if you do not obtain a recovery through settlement or at trial.