Parking Lot Accidents in New York

Most of us use at least one parking lot every day. In the city, you might rely on taxis to take you to parking lots, or maybe you pass through on foot while out and about, heading toward the deli. Meanwhile, in the suburbs and smaller towns, parking lots play an even bigger role in daily life, functioning as a kind of gateway to commerce. Unfortunately, parking lots create a false sense of security, perhaps because we use them so often. There’s a notion out there that because the traffic is light and the speeds are slow, there’s very little threat in a parking lot or garage. Parking lot accidents are remarkably common in New York, though, and they tend to “come out of nowhere.” Then again, maybe they aren’t such a surprise. With numerous cars driving in various directions, often with very little in the way of traffic control or directional signage, too many drivers fail to treat parking lots with the same respect they’d give to the open road.

Parking lots are not the Wild, Wild West. You may have heard someone say that laws don’t apply in parking lots, but that simply isn’t true. While they are generally less strictly regulated than highways, and there are many traffic rules that would not make sense or apply in a parking lot, the law still imposes a general duty of care on every single driver in a parking lot. Essentially, that means that drivers and other parties are liable for their own negligence, even on private property.

If you or a loved one has been injured while trying to navigate your way through one of these spaces, the experienced New York parking lot accident attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC can help.

Parking Lot Accidents

The good news is that parking lot accidents are, on average, less catastrophic than those we’d usually find on a freeway. That’s because drivers, while often reckless, do tend to proceed through parking lots at slower speeds. That isn’t always the case, though. We’ve all seen someone drive dangerously fast in a pedestrian-heavy parking zone. Serious and even fatal accidents are not unheard of.

Common parking lot auto accidents include:

  • Head-on collisions
  • Rear-end collisions
  • T-bone accidents (also known as “sideswipes”) – One car accidentally backing into another
  • Swinging too wide when pulling into a parking space
  • Failure to look for oncoming traffic when making a turn

At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we understand that even moderate injuries can have a profound impact on your life. It’s our belief that you deserve to be compensated for all your losses, ranging from hospital bills to lost income caused by time away from work. Whether you were a driver, passenger, or pedestrian, our New York City parking lot accident attorneys can help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Third-Party Liability Law: When the Property Owner is on the Hook

For the most part, parking lot accidents in New York proceed in much the same way that a car crash anywhere else would. One key exception is the issue of third-party liability. Victims in a highway accident have a hard time holding state road makers responsible for their negligence in creating unsafe conditions (though it is possible in some cases). Private parking lot owners, however, have a legal duty to take reasonable efforts in maintaining safe conditions for travelers and pedestrians alike. At Kaplan Lawyers PC, our parking lot accident attorneys can help you explore every available avenue for compensation.

Other Safety Concerns

While this page is principally focused on auto accidents in New York parking lots, you should know that there is also a wide range of other safety concerns associated with parking areas. These include property damage, theft, mugging, assault, battery, rape, and even murder. Poor property maintenance might also lead to slip and fall accidents, construction accidents, animal attacks, electrocution, and much more. Our talented NYC personal injury lawyers can help in these situations as well. Please visit our page on premises liability to learn more.

Kaplan Lawyers PC: Representing Parking Accident Victims across New York

If you’ve been hurt in a parking lot accident anywhere in The Empire State, the experienced New York parking lot accident layers of Kaplan Lawyers, PC can help. We’ll fight hard to earn you every ounce of the compensation you deserve. We do not charge for our services unless there’s a successful outcome in your case. Time limits do apply in most parking lot cases, however, so please don’t delay. Contact our office to set up a free consultation today.

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