Chattanooga Parking Lot Car Accidents
In Chattanooga, getting from Point A to Point B almost always entails pulling into or out of a parking lot. Sometimes, drivers will let their guard down when in a parking lot, especially after exiting a busy street. However, all drivers should exhibit caution in parking lots due to the presence of cars traveling in multiple directions and pedestrians walking to and from their vehicles. If you have suffered injuries in a parking lot car accident in Chattanooga or elsewhere, contact Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today for a free consultation with one of our Chattanooga car accident attorneys. We are the largest Tennessee-based personal injury law firm, and we have been fighting for the rights of injured Tennesseans for over 30 years.Seeking Compensation After a Parking Lot Collision
Parking lot accidents are fairly common. In fact, about 20% of all auto accidents nationwide occur in a parking lot or parking garage. Like other crashes, parking lot accidents are typically caused by another person’s negligence or wrongdoing. Common causes of parking lot accidents are distracted driving (eating, drinking, talking on the phone or texting), aggressive driving (trying to quickly find a parking spot), or speeding. If you are the victim of a parking lot accident due to these reasons or other factors, you may have grounds to assert a claim for your bodily injuries against the responsible party.Determining Fault in a Parking Lot Car Accident
The fact that parking lot accidents occur on private property can complicate the case. For instance, the Chattanooga Police Department may decline to respond altogether or may respond but decline to issue any citations or make any fault determination. It is important to contact an experienced car accident attorney in the Chattanooga area to discuss your claim if this happens, especially if the other driver refuses to accept responsibility for the accident or tries to shift the blame onto you. Your attorney can interview eyewitnesses and obtain photographs and other evidence from the scene to try to piece together how the accident happened. A lawyer can also request security footage from surveillance cameras of nearby businesses in an effort to prove fault and hold the defendant accountable for his or her negligent actions.
If you are able to prove the defendant’s negligence, the next step will be to prove your damages. Under Tennessee law, you can seek compensation for your medical and prescription expenses, lost wages, lost future earnings, pain and suffering, scarring or disfigurement, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life caused by the defendant’s negligence. Often in parking lot cases the insurance adjuster will try to minimize your losses by portraying the accident as a minor fender bender. Parking lot accidents usually involve lower speeds and lighter impacts than road collisions, and the insurance company could try to use this to their advantage when valuing your claim. By hiring an experienced attorney of your own, you will be able to overcome many of these arguments.Discuss Your Case with a Chattanooga Attorney Today
If you or a loved one was injured in a parking lot car accident in Chattanooga or Hamilton County, call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today. We may be able to help you pursue a personal injury action against the at-fault driver. We are the largest plaintiff’s personal injury firm based in Tennessee, representing accident victims across Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky, including in the cities of Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Call us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form for a free consultation with a motor vehicle crash attorney. NST is the way to go.