New York Parking Lot Accident Lawyer
Parking lots might not seem as dangerous as high-speed freeways, but in reality, they are exceptionally problematic. The majority of car accidents nationwide happen at low speeds, often when people are pulling into or out of a parking spot. Parking lots and parking garages are especially high-risk locations for car crashes. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, more than 50,000 crashes occur in parking lots every year, representing more than 20 percent of all automobile accidents. Hundreds of people are killed and thousands more injured in parking lots every year.
If you were injured in a sideswipe, side-impact, or rear-end collision in a Hudson Valley parking lot, or if you were hit in a parking lot as a pedestrian, call a seasoned personal injury attorney at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP for assistance. Our dedicated parking lot injury legal team will help you get the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages caused by your auto accident.
Why Do Parking Lot Accidents Happen?
Parking lot accidents happen for several reasons. First and foremost, drivers are quite often distracted while navigating parking lots. In driver safety surveys, a majority of drivers admitted to a wide range of distracting conduct while driving in parking lots, including making phone calls, texting, browsing social media, emailing, and even watching videos.
Parking lots are also rife with opportunities for negligent behavior to lead to a crash. Drivers often pull out of spots without checking for cross traffic, speed down the lanes and around corners without regard for the dangers, drive the wrong way against the flow of traffic, and otherwise drive carelessly. Parking lots are congested areas, full of cars and hidden pedestrians darting out from all corners; any careless driving activities are likely to lead to an accident.
If you were hurt in a parking lot accident as a driver, a passenger, or a pedestrian, you have the right to seek compensation from the at-fault party or parties. The experienced parking lot accident legal team at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP is ready to investigate the circumstances of your accident and fight for the recovery you are due.
Whiplash and Parking Lot Accidents
Whiplash is a condition commonly suffered after car accidents, especially rear-end collisions. Whiplash occurs when a sudden impact sends the victim’s torso in one direction while the head flies in the opposite direction, causing the head and neck to then snap back in a whipping motion. The sudden, extreme motions put undue strain on the neck and spine, often resulting in injury to the muscles, discs, nerves, and/or tendons in the neck and upper spine.
Whiplash is an insidious injury because it can happen even at low speeds. In a parking structure or parking lot, many accidents occur at low speeds, often 10 or 15 mph or even lower. Whiplash, unfortunately, is still a risk. The whipping motion causes the head to move at a far greater speed than the vehicles involved in the collision.
If you’ve been involved in a rear-end collision in a parking lot, watch out for signs of whiplash injury. See a doctor immediately if you notice any whiplash symptoms, including neck pain or stiffness, pain in the shoulders or lower back, dizziness or vertigo, blurry vision, ringing in the ears, or other neurological symptoms such as trouble concentrating, trouble remembering things, mood changes, irritability, or sleep difficulties.
Call a Zealous New York Parking Lot Injury Lawyer for Help With Your Hudson Valley Traffic Accident Claim
For a free consultation on your possible parking lot injury claim, contact the trusted car crash attorneys at the New York personal injury law firm Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP, in Kingston at 845-331-4100 or in Marlboro at 845-236-4411.