Parking garages provide convenient parking, they tend to be more environmentally sound than large lots, and they can shield people and cars from harsh weather. But be advised: Parking garages can also be quite hazardous. The U.S. sees up to 50,000 parking garage accidents every year, according to some estimates. Collisions with people, pillars, and other vehicles often cause significant damage.
Since most garages don’t provide sidewalks, pedestrians going to and from their cars have little safe space and must dodge vehicles coming from unexpected directions. A surprising percentage of pedestrians are injured by vehicles backing out of parking spaces, says one survey by the National Safety Council. Perhaps not coincidentally, another NSC survey found that 66 percent of drivers admit to using devices to check social media or to make phone calls while driving through parking garages. Collisions between cars making blind turns around tight corners are also common.
Then there’s crime. Parking garages are prime locations for robbery and assault. A poorly lit, poorly staffed, or poorly maintained parking garage can become a haven for criminals who lay in wait.
None of these accidents needs to happen. The owners and managers of parking garages owe garage users a duty of care to keep their premises safe.
What Damages Are Available After A Parking Structure Accident?
Culotta’s personal injury lawyers have represented people injured or victimized in parking garages, many of whom are entitled to damages. Some of the types of damages available are:
- Medical expenses. Emergency rooms, ambulance companies, medical device makers, and pharmacies can generate massive bills for people injured in parking structure accidents.
- Pain and suffering. This can include physical pain, mental anguish and distress, depression, lost sleep, and many other forms of psychological and emotional problems.
- Property damage. Vehicles can require expensive repair or replacement. Victims can lose treasured jewelry, clothing, phones, and valuables stored in car trunks.
- A disabled person may need medical care for life. The long-term costs for caregivers, wheelchairs, specialized medical care, and other services can be overwhelming.
- Lost income. An injured person might miss work, lose a job, or be denied bonuses or promotions.
If a person is killed in an accident or crime in a parking garage, their survivors may be eligible for compensation for the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Grief counseling
- Loss of companionship and comfort
- Loss of financial security
- Loss of care and support
- Funeral costs
If you were injured in a parking garage or have a loved one who was injured or killed in a parking garage, the Cullotta Bravo Law Group will support you. We will devote ourselves to getting you what you deserve: the maximum damages available by the law.
Secure Capable Legal Counsel Now
The owners and managers of parking garages have lawyers and insurance companies behind them. If you think you might be eligible for compensation as the result of an accident or a crime in a parking garage, don’t go it alone. Let the Cullotta team seek compensation for you. You can live and breathe easier by hiring our team and letting us do the heavy lifting.
The owners and the operators of parking garages are often different parties and identifying each is essential to a good outcome. When you call Cullotta, we get right to work identifying liable parties by locating video recordings and interviewing witnesses. We’ll also subpoena insurance reports and other written statements.
The Cullotta team will also calculate how much you’re owed in damages for your injuries, your pain and suffering, and the damage to your car.
Lead Settlement Negotiations
Cullotta Bravo Law Group’s experienced attorneys will lead settlement negotiations for you. We only advise accepting a settlement if the offer covers your damages.
Our firm has earned a reputation for going the extra mile for clients. While we will work hard to get a fair settlement, we are always ready for trial. Our goal is to get the money you deserve for your parking garage accident.
If you or someone you love has suffered harm in a parking garage, the attorneys at Cullotta Bravo Law Group can help. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at (630) 225-8341 or contact us online.