Can I Sue for a Parking Lot Accident in California?

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Wherever you live, work or drive, you will undoubtedly encounter a parking lot, be it near a bank, apartment building, hospital, supermarket, office building, school, doctor’s office or anywhere else. In spite of their ubiquity, we do not often consider how dangerous parking lots can be. According to the National Safety Council, over 60,000 people in the United States are injured in parking lots every year. Additionally, 500 people die per year in parking lot accidents and there are more than 50,000 crashes in parking lots and garages annually. Parking lots present dangers to both drivers and pedestrians. If you have sustained injuries in a parking lot accident in California, please read on, then contact an experienced Santa Clara parking lot accident attorney today.

What types of injuries might you sustain in a parking lot accident in California?

As the result of collisions, drivers can suffer potentially serious injuries such as the following:

  • Muscle strains and sprains
  • Broken bones
  • Whiplash
  • Concussions

As stated above, drivers are not the only ones who face risks in parking lots. Pedestrians face significant dangers when walking through parking lots.

How can a parking lot accident happen in California?

Drivers and pedestrians may sustain injuries in parking lots in any number of ways. Drivers should be alert for the five most common types of parking lot accidents, which are as follows:

  • When two cars are backing up and collide with each other
  • When a driver pulls forward out of a space and into the path of an oncoming vehicle
  • When a driver backs out of a space and into traffic
  • When two cars are competing for the same space collide
  • When one car rear-ends another in traffic or at a stop sign

How is fault determined in a parking lot accident?

The basic criteria for determining who is at fault in a parking lot collision depends on which car was moving at the time of the accident. Drivers are required to maintain control of their vehicles at all times. If you are driving and hit a stopped vehicle, you will generally be assumed at fault for the accident. If both cars are moving, both drivers may be legally liable for at least a portion of the accident. In these situations, factors to be considered include how fast each car was going and whether drivers were engaged in reckless behaviors such as speeding, playing with their phones, aggressive driving or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

If you or a loved one have sustained injuries in a parking lot accident in the Golden State, you need a skilled Santa Clara County slip and fall accident attorney to represent your interests and fight for compensation.


When someone is wrongly injured in an accident, they often require financial compensation to heal. Contact the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady today to learn how we can help.