Can I Sue for a Parking Lot Accident in New York?

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Wherever you live, work or drive, you will undoubtedly encounter a parking lot, be it near a bank, apartment building, hospital, supermarket, office building, school, doctor’s office or anywhere else. In spite of their ubiquity, we do not often consider how dangerous parking lots can be. According to the National Safety Council, over 60,000 people in the United States are injured in parking lots every year. Additionally, 500 people die per year in parking lot accidents and there are more than 50,000 crashes in parking lots and garages annually. Parking lots present dangers to both drivers and pedestrians. If you have sustained injuries in a parking lot accident in New York, please read on, then contact an experienced New York City parking lot accidents lawyer today.

What types of injuries might you sustain in a parking lot accident in New York?

As the result of collisions, drivers can suffer potentially serious injuries such as the following:

  • Muscle strains and sprains
  • Broken bones
  • Whiplash
  • Concussions

As stated above, drivers are not the only ones who face risks in parking lots. Pedestrians face significant dangers when walking through parking lots.

How can a parking lot accident happen in New York?

Drivers and pedestrians may sustain injuries in parking lots in any number of ways. Drivers should be alert for the five most common types of parking lot accidents, which are as follows:

  • When two cars are backing up and collide with each other
  • When a driver pulls forward out of a space and into the path of an oncoming vehicle
  • When a driver backs out of a space and into traffic
  • When two cars are competing for the same space collide
  • When one car rear-ends another in traffic or at a stop sign

Is New York an at-fault state?

No, quite the opposite. New York is a “no-fault” car insurance state, which means the insurance claim process is meant to be more efficient after a car accident since your own insurance pays for your medical bills and other economic losses. Your ability to file a lawsuit and recover compensation for non-economic losses like “pain and suffering” is limited under the Empire State’s no-fault rules. However, you can hold the at-fault driver responsible for the accident via a third-party car insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, and you can pursue compensation for all categories of economic and non-economic losses.

To receive compensation, you will need to show that the other party is 51 percent or more liable for the accident because the other driver was engaged in reckless behaviors such as speeding, playing with their phone, aggressive driving or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

If you or a loved one have sustained injuries in a parking lot accident in the Empire State, you need a skilled New York City slip and fall lawyer to represent your interests and fight for compensation.

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The Law Offices of Brian J. Elbaum handles a wide variety of personal injury cases, including those involving auto accidents, catastrophic injuries, and more. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.

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