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Who’s Responsible for Parking Lot Accidents?

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Parking lots are dangerous places.

Think about it.

On the one hand you’ve got pedestrians carry shopping bags, trying to remember where they parked their car while keeping one eye on their kids.

On the other you’ve got stressed out drivers who feel like they’ve been circling the lot for an eternity; guys whose attention is probably more focussed on trying to find an empty space than what’s on the road in front of them.

Clearly it’s a recipe for disaster.

It’s no wonder then that over the past five years a staggering 15 pedestrians have been killed and hundreds more injured in parking lot collisions.

The statistics are tragic. But they also only tell half of the story.

It’s why I wasn’t at all surprised today to read about a BC judge overturning a Supreme Court Ruling that had placed the blame for a 2008 collision at the hands of a pedestrian. (http://www.vancouversun.com/health/appeal+driver+found+mostly+fault+Cranbrook+parking+accident/9638347/story.html)

The accident had put the pedestrian involved into a wheelchair for several months, after he suffered injuries to his right knee and left ankle, as well as a fractured a bone in his left foot. And the ruling means that he is likely to receive additional compensation for his injuries.

It shows just how damaging parking lot collisions can be for pedestrians, but also how difficult it can be to claim compensation for those injuries.

Parking lot collisions are complex cases. And there’s a lot of factors that a personal injury lawyer will need to take into consideration when it comes to claiming compensation on behalf of the injured pedestrian.

Was the motorist backing out of a parking stall?

Should they have had been able to see a pedestrian coming?

Were there stop signs or other traffic controls that a motorist ignored before hitting you in parking lot?

These are all areas that will require detailed investigation when it comes to proving who’s at fault for your parking lot collision.

The bottom line however is that drivers need to be more careful in parking lots.

The same goes for pedestrians too. That’s why we’ve put together a pedestrian safety manual to help make sure that you and your family can stay safe on our City’s streets.

You can request your copy here (http://www.mccombwitten.com/reports/vancouver-personal-injury-lawyers-pedestrian-safety-manual.cfm) but if you have any questions about parking lot accidents or any pedestrian collision get in touch with us here at McComb Witten. We’re on your side.

Category: Pedestrian Accidents

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