Supermarket or shopping centre car park accidents are fairly common and may happen due to potholes or raised paving slabs which cause you to trip and fall over, injuring yourself in the process. You may have a car park accident due to icy conditions which cause you to slip and fall injuring yourself or there may be rubbish or debris left on the floor that cause you to slip.
The owner of a car park has a duty of care to visitors not only in their store but also in their car park. Customers should be able to walk safely from the shop to their car without being involved in a car park accident.
Car park accidents can also happen on public car parking areas owned by the local authority. If they are negligent in fulfilling their duty of care then they may be liable to pay you compensation if you make a claim against them.
They must take all reasonable steps to protect visitors from the risk of injury, including a car park accident, on their premises. If they are found to be negligent in fulfilling this duty of care then they may be liable to pay compensation if someone is injured as a result of a car park accident on their premises.
In order to reduce the risk of a car park accident the owner of the car park should ensure that it is well maintained with clear markings and signs and is kept tidy. Areas where snow or ice has collected may require treatment with salt, sand or grit.
If you have been involved in a car park accident then report this to the appropriate person, such as the manager of the store, so that they can document it in their accident book.
If possible try to collect evidence from the scene of the car park accident as this will support your compensation claim. If there are any witnesses present then it is advisable to ask for their details and take photographs of what caused your car park accident if you are fit to do so.
Hattons Solicitors can advise you of your best options and answer any concerns or questions that you have before processing any car park accident claim. It you decide to make a claim as a result of a car park accident the compensation could help you to pay for medical bills and aftercare as well as covering you for any loss of earnings.
We work closely with our clients to keep them informed about their car park accident claim and our clients can also access our online file view system to find out where their case is up to at their own convenience.
If you have been involved in a car park accident and would like to make a compensation claim then please call our expert team of solicitors on 0800 298 9690 or fill in the Claim Now form to the right of this screen.