The last thing you should have to worry about when you go into a parking lot is an accident. Unfortunately, parking lot accidents are incredibly common in and around the Charlotte area. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., we have a thorough understanding of North Carolina laws regarding vehicle accidents, and our goal is to ensure that clients receive the compensation they are entitled to for their injuries and property damage. When you need a Charlotte parking lot accident attorney by your side, contact our team today.
Who is at fault in a parking lot accident in North Carolina?
In most parking lots, whether at an office building or a typical shopping center, there are going to be various lanes with cars parked on both sides. There will also usually be “through lanes” around the perimeter of the parking lot where vehicles can enter the parking lanes or exit the parking lot altogether.
Typically, vehicles inside the “through lanes” have the right of way, and drivers approaching these lanes from the parking lot need to yield to vehicles in the “through lane.” If a driver is leaving a “through lane” fails to yield and strikes another vehicle inside the “through lane,” then the driver leaving the lane will likely be at fault for the incident.
Parking lot accidents often regularly involved vehicles moving in reverse out of a parking space. If a driver is backing out of a parking space and strikes another vehicle or a pedestrian, then the driver in reverse is usually going to be at fault for the incident. However, if two vehicles are backing out of parking spaces on opposite sides of the lane and collide with one another, liability could be more difficult to determine. Both drivers in situations like this have the same responsibility to check their surroundings. A vehicle that begins backing out first typically has the right of way in a parking lot. That said, any vehicle driving through the parking lane has the right of way over any vehicle waiting to back out of the parking space.
Property damage and injuries in a parking lot accident
It is not uncommon for vehicles to sustain property damage in a parking lot accident. In some cases, particularly if a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, bodily injuries can occur.
- It is crucial that all drivers involved in a parking lot accident exchange information with every person involved. This includes the name, contact information, and insurance information of all drivers.
- Police and EMS should be called to the scene if the property damage is extensive or if there are any injuries.
- Any person involved should use their smartphone or another camera to take photos of any damages or injuries.
Call a parking lot accident attorney as soon as possible
If you or somebody you care about has been injured or sustained property damage in a parking lot accident in the Charlotte area, contact Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. today. Our qualified and experienced team has the resources and legal expertise necessary to investigate your claim and secure the compensation you are entitled to. We are not afraid to stand up to aggressive insurance carriers in order to ensure you are treated fairly. When you need a Charlotte parking lot accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 704-850-6322.