Parking lot accidents make up a significant proportion of the total number of motor vehicle accidents. This intensifies during winter, when visibility is low and roads become more slippery. A common myth is that parking lots are different from other, open-road accidents because they occur on private property. However, they are not much different.
Imagine a situation where you are rolling out of a parking zone, and suddenly, you are hit by a car from behind. Who is at fault? A Houston Car Accident Attorney can help you answer this question, and others, that arise from related accidents.
What is the fate if your car is hit in a parking lot?
There could be an instance where your car is hit while legally parked in the legal spot. If you can correctly identify the driver, they will be held liable for the accident. However, if you have your door open, liability may shift to you, regardless of whether you were parked in the right spot. Liability can still vary from case to case. Insurance companies try their best to avoid considering their clients as liable in such accidents.
What if you are hit while pulling out of a parking lot?
Another common parking lot accident can happen when you are rolling out of a parking spot to a feeder lane. Suddenly, another vehicle strikes your vehicle, or you hit them. In this case, you are likely to be at fault. This is because cars in the feeder lane are always granted the right of way.
If you are the one in the feeder lane, then the other party can be held liable. Therefore, it is advised that you look both ways before exiting a parking spot to avoid liability in the event of an accident.
What happens when two vehicles are both exiting?
Rules vary depending on the situation and the province. However, the most common rule is that liability is split between the two parties. This is especially the case when the details fail to provide sufficient information to determine who is liable or both vehicles were exiting their parking spots simultaneously.
What is a hit-and-run collision?
A hit-and-run accident occurs when you find your vehicle damaged, but you cannot identify the liable party. Here, you are required to report the case immediately following the collision or before 24 hours has elapsed in order for your insurance company to consider you not at fault. Otherwise, the insurance company will hold you liable.
What happens in a thoroughfare collision?
Just like in feeder lanes, cars driving in a thoroughfare always have the right of way. Therefore, the vehicle exiting the feeder lane will be considered at fault. Thoroughfares are the main roadways located inside various parking lots.
Situations vary from case to case when collisions occur in parking lots. Sometimes, it may be difficult to determine who the liable party is. Additionally, insurance companies always try to avoid paying claims by denying liabilities. Work with a Houston Car Accident Attorney from Hussain Law & Associates, P.C., for legal advice and representation to ensure you are rightfully compensated. Schedule a consultation or call the offices at 713-987-7128.