While many parking lot collisions may take place at low speeds (compared to highway accidents), the impact can be forceful enough to cause serious injuries and significant property damage. At Nagle & Associates, we only handle motor vehicle accident matters, and we know how to pursue full and fair compensation against all responsible parties. Compensation may include payments for past and future medical costs, lost income and earning ability, and pain and suffering. As a former insurance defense lawyer and insurance claims adjuster, Raleigh car accident attorney Carl Nagle has inside experience that strengthens his advocacy on behalf of injured people throughout the state, including in Asheville, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem. Our success has helped to recover hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of victims and their families.
Establishing Liability for Injuries Caused by a Parking Lot Accident
Parking lots are typically privately owned. The owner may be deemed liable if the accident resulted from poor lighting or dangerous road conditions. As a property owner, the parking lot owner must maintain and fix conditions within their responsibility and control. The negligence of drivers, however, is not within the control of the parking lot owner, and when a driver’s carelessness causes an accident and injuries, they may be held legally responsible.
After suffering injuries in a parking lot accident, victims may seek compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible driver. Some legal claims are heard before a judge or jury, while others settle without the involvement of a court. In order to secure a fair settlement from an insurance company, accident victims must demonstrate that they will have a strong chance to succeed at trial.
Damages that may be compensated include costs related to past and ongoing forms of harm. In some situations, such as if the victim is paralyzed or will require additional medical procedures moving forward, their attorney may present an estimate of the costs of future care.A treating physician or physical rehabilitation professional often provides a medical opinion to support an estimate of these costs.
Victims of motor vehicle accidents, including pedestrian victims, must demonstrate that the defendant was entirely at fault for the crash. North Carolina law makes clear that when both a plaintiff and a defendant cause a car accident, the plaintiff may not recover damages in a personal injury claim. This holds true even if a plaintiff is found to be only 1% at fault. However, arguments of contributory negligence may be defeated by proof that the defendant had the last clear chance to avoid the crash.
Discuss Your Car Accident Case with a Raleigh Attorney
NC personal injury lawyer Carl Nagle can help you or a loved one navigate the legal process after a parking lot accident. Through experienced and vigorous representation, Mr. Nagle can assert your right to recovery for your financial losses, emotional pain and suffering, and any property damage resulting from a collision. Our firm charges a lower legal fee than most personal injury law firms. Conveniently, we maintain seven offices throughout the state. Call us at (800) 411-1584 or use our online form to schedule a free in-person consultation with a dedicated motor vehicle collision attorney. Raleigh car accident lawyer Carl Nagle has represented victims throughout the state, including people in Raleigh, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Wilmington, Greensboro, Hickory, Charlotte, and other cities in Mecklenburg, Wake, Durham, Guilford, Forsyth, Catawba, and New Hanover Counties.