Parked Car Accidents: A Closer Look at an Uncommon Accident

                By on January 22nd, 2018 in Accident News

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Last night, a 92-year-old and 82-year-old were injured after a crash in Lancaster. The crash happened before 8:30 PM when the 92-year-old struck a parked BMW while driving a van on the street. When emergency personnel arrived at the scene, the van was on its side and an 82-year-old had to be removed from the wreckage. Both people involved in the accident were taken to local hospitals with injuries. In all, due to the accident, three parked cars sustained damages. Cars were pushed into one another and rolled to their sides. Luckily, nobody was inside the other vehicles, so there were no other injuries reported.

Hit by a Car While Parked 

In this case, the 82-year-old woman could have her injuries covered, as the 92-year-old man was liable for the accident through negligence. Whether he was driving distracted, drowsy, or not paying attention in general, negligence on the roadways occurred and caused injuries as well as a hospital trip. Have you been injured in an accident because somebody hit your vehicle while you were parked?

The majority of these accidents tend to happen in parking lots, where they seem all too common. If you have been injured because another vehicle struck your car while you were in a parking lot, you may have a right to recover. Here are some ways to determine fault in these accidents:

  • If a driver is leaving a parking space, they must look out for any other oncoming traffic. This means check both ways before you exit your spot.
  • If someone is driving and collides with a parked car that was parked there legally, the other party will always be at fault no matter what. If your vehicle was parked illegally, however, such as out in the middle of an aisle in a blind spot, you have contributed to your own accident.
  • If another driver caused one of these accidents because they were not following traffic signs correctly, they will be at fault for any injuries.

Though cars usually move at slow speeds through parking lots, the injuries that you sustain could still be detrimental. What if a driver lost control and plowed into your vehicle, striking your door where you are sitting? Cars come in at a strong force, so you could be in a dangerous situation far beyond that of what you imagined. You can file a claim for compensation if you were hit in a vehicle while you were parked, by a negligent driver.

At Edelstein Martin & Nelson, we can get you the best results for your case in your time of need. Have you been injured due to the negligence of others? Let us help you. Give us a call today at 888-208-1810.