Parking Lot Accident Lawyer San Diego

Parking Lot Accident LawyerParking lots are often busy and chaotic. Individuals are either focused on obtaining a prime parking spot, or leaving with their next destination in mind. Additionally, parking lots often have inadequate signs and poor visibility. These factors can all serve to increase the risks of an accident. If you’ve been an unlucky victim of a parking lot accident, whether it is a car hitting another car, or a car striking an individual, there are legal steps you can take to receive compensation for the damages you’ve incurred.

Who has a claim for a parking lot accident?

Parking lot accidents may occur between pedestrians and vehicles, or between two vehicles. Injuries and damage caused by these types of accidents can be significant, and the resulting damages are usually covered by insurance companies who reimburse medical bills and/or vehicle damage. However there are often costs that go unaccounted for. Insurance companies’ will usually try to cover only the minimum required payments. By contrast, the attorneys at Berman & Riedel are dedicated to fighting on your behalf, and obtaining the maximum compensation to fully cover all of your damages.

What to do if you are in a parking lot accident.

Check for safety.
Immediately following the accident check for serious injuries. Call an ambulance if someone has a serious injury. Check the scene for safety as well. If you can, move out of the way of traffic, and secure the scene to prevent other injuries.

Document the scene.
Documenting the scene ensures a more accurate reconstruction of the incident at a later date. Take pictures of the location and any damage that occurred. If there are any witnesses of the accident or the aftermath, ask for their contact information. Their testimony can help strengthen your case.

Exchange Insurance Information.
Be sure to exchange insurance and contact information with the other party.

Report the incident.
Report the parking lot accident to your insurance and the police. Early action will increase the credibility of your case.

If you believe you need an attorney, feel free to call our office at (858) 350­
-8855 for a free case evaluation. If we determine you have a case worth pursuing, our dedicated staff and attorneys will skillfully manage your case and help give you a piece of mind during a stressful time.


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Below are answers to common questions people have about personal injury cases and working with a lawyer. During your initial consultation, we will be happy to answer questions that are particular to your case.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

The attorneys at Berman & Riedel, LLP, accept cases on a contingency-fee basis. This type of agreement means you do not pay any attorneys’ fees out-of-pocket for legal representation. Attorneys’ fees are also contingent on the outcome of your case.

You benefit from legal representation in exchange for an agreed-upon percentage of a settlement or jury award. We will only recover a fee if you recover compensation.

Can You Tell Me How Much My Case Is Worth?

There is no way to determine the exact value of a personal injury case, especially early in your case. However, an experienced attorney can give you an estimated range based on their experience with similar cases.

There are many factors that may influence the value of your case, such as:

  • Your total financial or economic damages
  • The severity of your injuries
  • The impact of your injuries on your daily life
  • The strength of your case
  • Whether you share fault for your accident
  • Insurance policy limits 

Some damages are easy to calculate, such as lost wages and medical bills. Calculating the value of diminished earnings for the rest of your life or future medical needs; however, may require the help of experts. Non-economic damages like pain and suffering have no intrinsic financial value. These damages are challenging to calculate. 

If your case goes before a jury, you may potentially be able to recover more than you could through a settlement. However, this introduces a new element of risk: the jury. The circumstances of your accident and even how sympathetic you or the defendant are can influence the outcome.

During your consultation, and throughout your case, we will help you understand how these factors influence your case. We will also work tirelessly to document the value of all your damages and pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.

Will My Case Go to Trial?

The vast majority of cases are resolved by reaching a settlement agreement outside of court. Very few personal injury cases actually go to trial, but it is more likely if the facts in your case are in dispute, a legal issue is being contested, or you have a high-value case.

An experienced lawyer will build your case as if it will go to trial from the beginning. The stronger your case and evidence, the more likely a fair settlement will be reached.

How Do I Know If I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

If your case involves mostly property damage or minor injuries, you likely do not need a lawyer to handle a claim with the insurance company. The more serious your injuries, or the more complex your case, the more important it becomes to seek experienced legal counsel.

Remember that the insurance company is not on your side, even if the insurance adjuster seems sympathetic and you receive a settlement offer. If you are being blamed for your accident or sustained serious injury, a lawyer will help you protect your rights and build the strongest case possible. This includes calculating the full value of your current and future losses.

Legal representation is also vital if your case involves a complex area of law such as elder abuse or neglect, premises liability, commercial vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, or serious work-related accidents. Determining liability, navigating decades of legal precedence, and interpreting specific statutes in these cases is best done with years of relevant legal experience.

Do You Accept Cases Outside of San Diego?

While our law office is located in San Diego, Berman & Riedel, LLP, accepts cases throughout the state of California.

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