Motorists and pedestrians face serious injuries, possibly even death, from reckless drivers who fail to drive cautiously in West Palm Beach parking lots. If a careless driver harmed you or a loved one, you might be eligible to take legal action against the party who caused your injury and receive compensation.
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you file a claim to pursue compensation for the losses you suffered in the parking lot accident. We fight hard to get our clients the justice and compensation they deserve because we understand the devastation an accident can cause accident victims and their families. To see how we can help you, call us today at 1-800-747-3733 for a free case evaluation with our parking lot accident lawyer in West Palm Beach, FL.
Determining Fault in Your Parking Lot Accident
We can help you file an insurance claim as an option for pursuing compensation. To prevail in a claim means having to successfully prove fault for your accident and holding the at-fault party legally liable for your damages.
In determining fault, we will examine the facts of your accident and focus on the driver’s actions. In investigating similar cases, we have discovered that some parking lot accidents occur because the driver was:
- Under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Speeding through the parking lot
- Failing to check blind spots before backing out the parking space
- Driving down a one-way lane in the opposite direction
- Distracted when backing out of a parking space
Whatever the reason, the goal of your personal injury lawyer in West Palm Beach is to establish fault and hold the responsible party liable for your injuries.
Collecting Evidence to Build Your Parking Lot Accident Case
One crucial piece of evidence we obtain during accident investigations is a police report. Typically, police do not respond to minor fender-benders that occur in private parking lots. But, police will respond to parking lot accidents involving severe injuries, and crimes related to the crash. If police responded to your accident, we could use the report as evidence.
Besides the police report, we may also obtain other evidence depending on the circumstances of the situation. Our investigator’s job includes collecting:
- Surveillance video of the parking lot
- Eyewitness testimony of the crash
- Photographs of the accident scene and your injuries
- Your medical records
Proving Negligence in Your West Palm Beach Parking Lot Accident Case
Recovering compensation in your case requires us to prove that the negligent actions of the at-fault party caused you harm. To do this, we must use the evidence we collected to show how the driver had a duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid creating a parking lot accident. However, the driver breached this duty and caused an accident. As a result of the driver’s negligence, you suffered physical injuries and damages.
Pursuing Compensation in a Pedestrian Injury
Negligent drivers place pedestrians at risk of suffering head injuries, internal injuries, and broken bones in parking lot accidents. It does not matter whether the vehicle is traveling at a low speed or backing out of a parking space, any contact with a pedestrian’s body makes with a moving vehicle can cause serious injuries.
If you were a pedestrian injured in a parking lot accident and have auto insurance, you might use your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits to cover your medical expenses and lost wages. Florida requires drivers and vehicle owners to have at least $10,000 in PIP coverage.
If your PIP insurance does not cover all of your expenses or if you do not have PIP insurance, we can discuss the legal options available to you to recover compensation for you monetary losses and other damages.
If The Other Driver Claims You Contributed to the Accident
Parking lot accidents tend to have the same issues as accidents that happen on a public road. The other driver, or the driver’s auto insurance company, may claim that your actions contributed to the crash. For instance, at-fault drivers may blame pedestrians for crisscrossing through a row of vehicles and making it difficult for drivers to see them.
Our lawyers have years of experience countering challenges that auto insurers bring when our clients, motorists and pedestrians, file insurance claims. We also negotiate claims on behalf of our clients to ensure that they receive a fair settlement. Despite the challenges from the defendants, our goal is to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries.
Recovering Compensation in Your Parking Lot Accident
Parking lot accident victims might have to pay out-of-pocket for expenses that your PIP may not cover. As a result, you can pursue compensation for a variety of damages, like lost income, which include:
- Your current and future medical expenses
- Ambulance costs, to the hospital from the parking lot
- Hospital bills
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical therapy
- Medical mobility devices
- Home health care
- Pain and suffering
You may be entitled to pursue more compensation depending on the damages that you sustained in the accident.
Deadlines for Filing Personal Injury Claims and Lawsuits in Florida
Florida’s statute of limitations gives you four years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Four years sounds like a long time, but once you factor in the time that it takes to collect evidence to build a strong case, the time passes quickly. So, the sooner you decide to file a claim, the sooner we can begin investigating your case.
Free Case Evaluations Available in West Palm Beach
You can rely on the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine to work hard to protect your rights and help you recover compensation for your parking lot accident. Call us today at 1-800-747-3733 to schedule a complimentary legal consultation with our parking lot accident lawyer in West Palm Beach, Florida.