Steps to Take Following a Parking Lot Accident in California

If you have been injured in a parking lot accident due to no fault of your own, you are likely looking to file a personal injury claim to recover the compensation you deserve. To learn more about filing a valid claim with the assistance of our Santa Clara parking lot accident attorney, continue reading. Here are some questions you may have after a parking lot accident:

What are the most common causes of parking lot accidents?

Parking lot accidents can be caused by various factors. The most common causes of parking lot accidents are as follows:

  • Inadequate security
  • Potholes
  • Insufficient parking lot lights
  • Failure to remove weather-related hazards
  • Standing water

What steps should I take following a parking lot accident?

In order to set yourself up for a successful personal injury claim in the future, consider taking the following steps while you are still at the scene of your parking lot accident:

  1. Alert the authorities. The police will be able to document the accident by conducting a police report. They will also bring an ambulance to the scene to treat any injuries.
  2. While you wait for the police and ambulance, if you can, photograph the scene of the accident including any hazards and injuries.
  3. If there were any witnesses, collect their contact information including their name, email address, and phone number.
  4. Once the ambulance arrives, seek immediate medical attention, even if you do not immediately feel symptoms of a severe injury. It is best to be observed by a professional after an accident of any kind.
  5. Collect all relevant medical documentation after your treatment is complete.
  6. Reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer who will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you require to heal.

What is the statute of limitations for parking lot accident claims in California?

In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally two years. This means that you will have two years from the date of your accident to file your personal injury claim against the negligent party responsible for the accident. The sooner you can file your claim, the better. This is because if you fail to file your claim within this timeframe, you could risk being permanently time-barred from taking legal action. To avoid this and to get started with this process as soon as possible, give our experienced Santa Clara personal injury attorneys a call today. We are here to help.


When someone is wrongly injured in an accident, they often require financial compensation to heal. That’s where we come in. Contact the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady today to learn more about what our firm can do for you.