When winter falls, accidents on the road are the bane of many drivers’ days. A road traffic accident is unsettling whatever the weather. Snowy and icy conditions, however, can leave you feeling particularly anxious and particularly vulnerable to a road traffic accident.
Car accidents in car parks
Car park accidents are not uncommon. With a high volume of traffic in a restricted space, it is inevitable that collisions will occur from time to time. Regardless of the weather, maintenance issues in car parks – including pot holes and uneven ground – can lead to car accidents at the fault of the car park owner and this is only heightened by icy conditions.
Placing the blame
Victims of carpark accidents in winter weather can often be left confused as to who is to blame for the incident.
If the icy conditions simply worsened an existing issue in the car park, or the area was unsigned showing no warning of problematic areas, the car park owner may have failed in their legal obligation to ensure your safety on their premises.
In this case, you may want to seek the advice of a law firm to determine whether you have a valid case to claim against them.
That being said, if the issue was due to poor manoeuvring or handling of a car by another driver, you may need to pursue a claim against the individual who caused your collision.
Piecing the claim together
As with all road traffic accidents, it is important to collate evidence to support your claim.
At the time of the accident, take photographs of the collision and of any damage to your car, yourself, and your passengers. Take down the details of the driver or the car park in question, as well as any contact information for witnesses of the accident.
Keep a record of any medical attention and treatment you have received. While this will support your car park claim, it is sometimes necessary to attend additional medicals to confirm your statement.
Processing your claim
Rather than deal with the stress and complexities of a claims case, it is advisable for victims of personal injury to process their claim through a law firm.
Accident Advice Helpline work on a no-win, no-fee* basis and have an extensive legal team to manage your claim and ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
With often no need to attend court, your claim can typically be dealt with over the phone, taking the pressure off you and giving you peace of mind that your case is being managed by legal experts.
Date Published: January 6, 2014
Author: David Brown