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What Should I Do if I'm Injured on Private Property?

What Should I Do if I'm Injured on Private Property?

A large portion of car wrecks happen on public roads and interstates. However, several accidents happen on private property too. The most common occurrences for these wrecks are in parking garages, parking lots, and driveways. Places like this will usually have lower speed limits, around the range of 10-15 miles per hour. Because of this, the crashes that occur tend not to be severe.

Though the severity is not as bad in many cases, the regulations that apply to car accidents on public roads are not always applicable in these areas. This can make determining the liability for injuries a lot more complicated than what many would assume.

Where is Liability Placed?

When you are in a car wreck on public property, the state shares no responsibility for the wreck. However, when you suffer damages from one on private property, it is sometimes the property owner's fault. Police officers do not give out tickets that determine the responsible party, so when you are aware of what is defined as negligence, you might be on track for a successful claim.

When Property Owners Would Be Liable

Property owners hold a responsibility to keep their property maintained. If their property creates unsafe conditions due to their negligence, they could be liable for damages. Negligence in a case like this could look like:

  • Lack of signage posted
  • Poor lighting
  • Construction that creates blind spots
  • Lack of traffic flow indicators
  • Uneven road pavement

Proving Liability and Making Your Case

If you were injured in an accident on private property that was not your fault, here are some steps you need to take.

  1. Call 911 and make a police report. This action serves as official documentation for the accident.
  2. Report the incident to the owner of the property.
  3. Write down the other driver's license information.
  4. Take photos. Get an extensive view of all angles of the vehicles involved and the surroundings.
  5. Write down contact information for any witnesses at the scene. This action is especially crucial if there is no police report done at the scene.

Determining liability in a wreck that occurs on private property can be challenging, especially when the at-fault driver refuses to acknowledge fault or the insurance company attempts to deny the claim.

If you are affected by a car accident that is the fault of another driver or owner of the property, consult with our experienced attorneys at The Abrego Law Firm, LLC. Our team will fight for you and do all we can to get you the compensation you seek.

Call our office at (404) 334-3324 to schedule your free consultation. We are here to help.