The mall parking lot is packed. You weave in and out of rows, looking for that elusive empty spot. You think you see one—but as you roll closer, it turns out to be a shopping cart bay. In that split second that you were looking away, a motorist in a parking space just opposite of your car is backing out in a hurry. She crashes right into your driver’s side door.

The impact jolts you sharply. You feel the pain in your neck, arm, and chest. Your car’s driver side has taken on some damage, too.

As the shock of the accident subsides, you panic, wondering if you caused the accident by looking away momentarily. You know there is no way you can afford your own car repairs and doctor bills, much less those of the other driver.

The good news is, you are probably in the clear here. Zanes Law’s parking lot accident lawyers in Phoenix will tell you why and help you get compensation for your damages. Call us today at 602-999-9999.

Common Causes of Parking Lot Accidents

People get a false sense of security when driving in a parking lot, probably because most of the cars they see are not moving.

The National Safety Council (NSC) highlights another contributing factor: distractions. The NSC conducted a public opinion poll on parking lot behaviors and found that 66% of drivers reported making phone calls as they drive through parking lots.

The poll revealed other distractions, including taking photos, texting, using social media, sending or receiving emails, and programming GPS systems. Other typical causes of parking lot accidents include the following:

  • Shopping carts rolling around the lot
  • Drivers cutting each other off as they rush for a parking space
  • People driving while intoxicated
  • Motorists driving recklessly in empty parking lots in Phoenix
  • Driver does not look back before backing out
  • People driving the wrong direction in parking rows
  • Drivers ignoring stop signs
  • Drivers backing up into children they did not see
  • Motorists ignoring driving aisles and instead of driving across several parking spaces

It is hard to foresee so many of these incidents occurring, which is why parking lot accidents are so common.

Figuring Out Who Is At Fault in a Parking Lot Accident in Phoenix

Parking lots are private spaces. They do not follow the same traffic laws as you would find on city roads or state highways. Determining who is at fault for an accident comes down to using some common sense.

Standards of Negligence

In the world of fault and liability, common sense boils down to basic rules of negligence. Generally, in any traffic situation, regardless of location, one party bears greater responsibility for exercising care than the other. That person assumes fault for the accident.

Violation of Parking Lot Rules

The first thing to do is to look for any sense of posted rules or indications of traffic flow, etc. These could be arrows painted on the pavement to guide direction, stop signs posted at intersections, parking spot markings. If one party violated a parking lot rule, he or she is most likely at fault for the accident.

Accountability of Parking Lot Owner

If you can provide evidence that a parking lot owner neglected to maintain the lot in a way to make it safe, you might be able to seek damages from the parking lot owner.

Zanes Law’s team of parking lot accident lawyers in Phoenix will review the evidence, including your account of the accident, and determine who is at fault for the accident and liable for your damages. Call us at 602-999-9999 for a free consultation.

Recoverable Damages in a Parking Lot Accident

You are eligible to seek compensation for various expenses and losses incurred by your parking lot accident, including the following types of damages:

  • Ambulance
  • Medical treatment costs and expenses
  • Pain management medication
  • Pain and suffering
  • Prescribed medicines
  • Income lost due to work missed
  • Estimated diminished future potential earnings
  • Mental anguish
  • Pain and suffering

Zanes Law will champion your right to collect the damages you deserve. Call us at 602-999-9999.

What a Parking Lot Accident Lawyer in Phoenix Will Do for You

The parking lot accident lawyers in Phoenix from Zanes Law is committed to helping you get the justice you deserve for your parking lot accident. We will handle all aspects of your case professionally and compassionately.

Here is a summary of what our lawyers will do for you:

  • Visit the scene of the accident to search for evidence and document everything
  • Contact witnesses who saw the accident occur
  • Obtain your medical records
  • Get a copy of the police report
  • Determine who was at fault and liable for the accident
  • Calculate your damages
  • Communicate and negotiate with insurers
  • File a personal injury lawsuit, if necessary, and litigate on your behalf in a civil court of law

Arizona’s Statute of Limitations Means the Clock is Ticking

As with most states, Arizona law contains a statute of limitations that sets a limit to the time you have to take legal action in a civil court following an accident.

Rather than risk that time running out, you could get an early start on your legal action. You can put your mind to rest knowing the process is in gear, and you would help your lawyer out with a little head start on building your case.

Zanes Law Parking Lot Accident Lawyers Wants to Help You

Our slogan is, “We do everything from A to Z,” and we mean it. Call our firm at 602-999-9999 to find out more about how we will represent you in your pursuit of compensation for your parking lot accident.

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