Parking lots are a hotbed for auto accidents – from low impact accidents to more serious auto accidents and pedestrian accidents. Because parking lots are filled with cars, drivers are often distracted as they look for parking spaces, and numerous obstacles are dispersed throughout the parking lots, motorists often do not see pedestrians or other vehicles – and traffic collisions happen as a result. The Chicago area auto accident attorneys at Ankin Law Offices have vast legal experience representing victims in a wide variety of auto accidents, including those that commonly occur in parking lots such as hit and run cases, pedestrian accidents and cell-phone related accidents.
If you are in a parking lot accident, it is important to stay calm, assess damages and/or injuries. Because parking lot accidents frequently occur at low speeds, there may not be much, if any, immediate damage or injuries. Nonetheless, you should report the accident to the police and obtain medical attention. Even though there may be no apparent damages or injuries, it is important to adequately document the facts of the accident and take note of any damages or injuries as they become apparent. Some injuries, such as whiplash, neck injuries, and back injuries, may not develop any symptoms until several hours or days after the accident so it is important to seek medical attention even if you do not think that you are injured.
You will also need to notify your insurance company of the accident. Unfortunately, insurance companies want to settle claims as quickly and for as little money as possible, without taking into account the specific facts and circumstances of the parking lot accident. Accordingly, it is incredibly helpful to consult with an experienced auto accident attorney who can deal with the insurance companies on your behalf. The experienced Chicago auto accident attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC have considerable knowledge of auto accident negligence and liability laws and we can help your determine whether you may be entitled to compensation for the damages or injuries you have suffered in your parking lot accident. We will communicate and negotiate with the insurance companies so that you don’t have to. If a full and fair settlement is not possible, we will vigorously pursue your legal rights in a court of law.