Because parking lots are such a routine part of our everyday lives, we rarely, if ever consider how dangerous they can can be. Parking lot accidents can leave you with serious, chronic injuries and conditions. Besides scrapes and broken bones, you can suffer neurological impairment if you hit your head. This can jeopardize your physical, mental and financial well-being. If you have sustained injuries in a parking lot accident, continue reading, and then reach out to a Pensacola personal injury attorney to learn what you should do after a parking lot accident in Florida.
What steps should I take after a parking lot accident in Florida?
If you were injured in a parking lot as a result of another’s negligence and would like to pursue legal action, it is important that you take a number of steps. First, you will want to contact emergency services: police, ambulance, etc. As you wait for first responders and assuming you are able, you should accumulate and document as much evidence as you can. This proof includes all the insurance and contact information for the parties involved, photographs or videos of injuries, property damage, and the accident scene as a whole. In addition to keeping these for your records, you should share this information with the police and your lawyer. Before you leave the scene of the accident, ask for a copy of the police report.
What are the most common causes of parking lot accidents in Florida?
There are various ways that parking lot accidents can occur, including unsafe conditions and reckless drivers. Because of this, parking lots present many hazards to pedestrians. Here are the most common causes of parking lot accidents in Florida:
- Inadequate pavement striping
- Potholes or cracks
- Lack of signage
- Poor lighting
- Distracted drivers
- Disregard signs and traffic signals
- Failure to yield
How can a personal injury lawyer help you?
These hazards are not just problems; they can be possibly deadly, particularly for older adults or young children. Even if you yourself are cautious, you can’t account for another person’s negligence. No matter who shares fault, you should not have to seek compensation on your own. A professional Florida personal injury attorney will have the needed time, resources, and expertise to recover the damages you need to pay for medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of earning ability, and more. More than just protecting your economic future, you will hold reckless individuals accountable, and even stop another person from going through what you experienced. Reach out to our firm today.
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