As perhaps the most suburbanized state in the country, New Jersey has more than its fair share of parking lots. Malls, doctors’ offices, restaurants, you name it, they have a parking lot. That said, parking lots present a range of hazards for pedestrians. If you have sustained injuries due to someone else’s negligence, please read on, then contact an experienced Morris County parking lot accident attorney to learn what you should do after a parking lot accident in New Jersey.
What should you do after a parking lot accident in New Jersey?
Before you do anything else, you should immediately call emergency services: police, ambulance and whatever else may be needed. While you are waiting for first responders and assuming you are physically capable of doing so, you should document and collect as much information as possible. This evidence can be in the form of insurance and contact information for the involved parties, photos or videos of injuries, property damage and the accident scene in general. Before leaving the scene, you should obtain a copy of the police report. Police and, later, your lawyer will use this evidence to determine the share of fault and prove your case for damages.
What causes most of the parking lot accidents in New Jersey?
Parking lots present many hazards to pedestrians, everything from unsafe conditions to sloppy drivers. The following are the causes of most parking lot accidents in New Jersey:
- Inadequate pavement striping
- Potholes or cracks
- Lack of signage
- Poor lighting
- Puddles, snow and ice
- Distracted drivers
- Disregard for signs and traffic signals
- Failure to yield
These hazards are not merely nuisances; they can be potentially deadly, especially for older adults or young children. Even if you yourself are cautious, you can’t account for another person’s negligence.
Why do you need a personal injury lawyer?
Truthfully, you do not require an attorney to prove your premises liability or personal injury claim. However, you will be at a disadvantage, because not only will the other parties likely have legal representation but the insurance companies involved will do everything in their power to avoid paying for your medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of earning ability and more. More than just safeguarding your financial future, reaching out to a skilled Morris County personal injury attorney can help hold the at-fault parties responsible for their negligence. Let a qualified legal professional fight for you and your future.
CONTACT OUR MORRIS COUNTY FIRM
If you have been the victim of the negligence of another in an accident, please contact my office as quickly as possible following the subject accident. It is important to consult with us early on so that we may begin the process of fighting for your rights in regard to any potential claim that you may have. The process is complicated and requires the expertise of a qualified New Jersey personal injury attorney. Contact Lutz Injury Law today.