Our lawyers handle parking lot lawsuits in Maryland. Still, our parking lot lawyers reject most accident claims that come to us because the injuries are not significant. But we have also handled parking lot injuries that are extremely serious, sometimes in cases where the injuries did not seem significant at first. Many of the victims our Baltimore parking lot attorneys represent are children. An estimated 50 children a week are injured in parking lot accidents.
How much is my parking lot accident case really worth? It is the question – spoken or unspoken – on the lips of every injury victim.
Our lawyers post the jury verdicts and settlements of our lawyers and other attorneys around the country. We have done that here in parking lot injury claims.
These verdicts might teach you a lot about the value of the case. But understand their limitations, too. No two cases are quite the same and quite often the critical difference between your case and the one we wrote about involved a fact that we did not mention or the significant fact in the case is not readily apparent.
Comparing types of motor vehicle injuries is one path to finding the value of your case. This is the vehicle to look at the value of your parking lot crash claim from this perspective.
Parking Lot Accidents Settlement Amount and Jury Payouts
- 2022, Florida: $20,000 Verdict. A woman rode in a vehicle that was struck in a university parking lot. She suffered personal injuries. The woman alleged negligence against the at-fault driver and the university. She claimed the at-fault driver failed to maintain an appropriate lookout while the university allowed the existence of an obstruction in the parking lot. The jury awarded $20,000.
- 2022, Texas: $502,507 Verdict. A woman was struck by a reversing vehicle at a school parking lot. The woman injured her left knee and thigh, lower back, and hip. She sustained chronic pain syndrome and spinal radiculopathy. The woman underwent injections, physical therapy, and chiropractic care. She alleged that the at-fault driver failed to maintain an appropriate lookout while reversing. A jury awarded $502,507.
- 2022, Kansas: $2,000,000 Settlement. A pedestrian was struck in a parking lot. He suffered pain in his head, neck, ribs, chest, and knee. The man alleged negligence against the at-fault driver. He claimed he failed to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk. This case settled for $2,000,000.
- 2021, Oklahoma: $25,000 Settlement. A man was struck in a parking lot. He suffered unspecified injuries. The man underwent medical treatments. He alleged negligence against the at-fault driver. The man claimed she unsafely operated her vehicle in a parking lot. This case settled for $25,000.
- 2021, New York: $762,500 Settlement. A 60-something woman walked towards her car after shopping. She was struck in the parking lot. The woman suffered a rotator cuff tear and spinal herniations and bulges. She developed residual spinal nerve impingement, cervical and lumbar radiculopathy, and cervical spondylolisthesis. The woman underwent acupuncture, chiropractic, and physical therapy. She also underwent steroid-based painkilling injections and a cervical discectomy and fusion. Her treatments lasted over a year. The woman sustained residual pain. Her injuries hindered her ability to perform physical activities. The woman alleged negligence against the at-fault driver. She claimed she made a negligent left turn and failed to yield to a pedestrian. This case settled for $762,000.
Are Parking Lots “No-Fault” Zones?
No. Maryland is an “at-fault” state for auto accidents. This applies to parking lots the same as it does to roads and highways. If there is an accident in a parking lot the same determination of fault must be made just like in any other accident. The difference with parking lots is that there may be more ambiguity because parking lots can be private property and may not have the same street signs and traffic signals as public roads.
Will Police Respond to a Car Accident in a Parking Lot?
The police will always respond to auto accidents on public roads. However, many parking lots are on private property which means that the police may not have the same obligation to respond to an accident scene. In most jurisdictions in Maryland, however, the police will usually respond to an accident no matter where it is.
How is Fault Determined in Parking Lot Accidents?
Fault in parking lot car accidents is determined the same way as in car accidents on the road. The driver who is found to have violated traffic rules is at fault. Parking lot accident cases almost always involve some type of failure to yield or backing up into a stationary car when pulling out. The failure to yield cases can be tricky sometimes because parking lots don’t always have the same level of signage as roads. There may be “implied” stop signs in large parking lots.
Getting Counsel Because You Need an Advocate on Your Side
Parking lot injuries can be tough claims. This is particularly true if you are not a pedestrian. Because there is a school of thought percolating around insurance companies that you really cannot get hurt in a parking lot crash. Insurance companies think there is not enough speed to cause harm.. This is particularly true in cases where the injury is a herniated disc or whiplash where the injury or the origin of the injuries are in question.
If you have a parking lot injury case with serious injuries, you need a lawyer and you need one sooner rather than later. There are always factual disputes – parking lots are often he said/she said cases. As a result, there is always a great deal of evidence to gather for a sophisticated injury case.
If you would like us to steer you through this maze, call 1.800.553.8082 or reach out to us online, here.