Driveway Collisions: Common, Costly and Dangerous

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Scottsdale was the scene of one of Arizona’s most recent driveway accidents, a frequent and frustrating occurrence in parking facilities across the state. In this collision, five professional baseball players suffered injuries in a collision with an oncoming vehicle as they left a hotel driveway to travel to spring training camp. While none of the players was seriously hurt in this accident, many victims involved in such collisions do not fare as well. Driveway accidents can and do result in serious property damage, severe injuries and in certain cases, death.

Parking lots not safe havens

Statistics indicate that 20 percent of all motor vehicle accidents occur in parking facilities such as driveways, garages, ramps and lots, with 14 percent of all auto damage claims arising from such accidents. While many of these collisions involve cars colliding with each other, a large percentage also involves pedestrians struck and killed by motorists. Sadly, backover accidents in which drivers unwittingly run over victims, usually children, are also extremely common in driveways.

Fault, negligence and liability in driveway accidents

While the facts and circumstances of every accident are different, consistent legal principles apply and are used to determine who is responsible for the injuries and property damage that result from driveway accidents. When drivers in parking facilities and driveways travel at excessive speeds, fail to check for oncoming traffic or pedestrians, or ignore posted signs regarding safety issues, the lack of care with which they operate their vehicles may rise to the level of negligence. When drivers act negligently, they can be found liable for the monetary damages they cause.

Compensation for your injuries

Despite the generally slower speeds involved, victims of driveway accidents may still sustain serious injuries, for which they are entitled to compensation. Drivers are not the only parties who may be liable, however. Property owners, employers and municipalities may also be legally responsible for the events that occur on their property. In many cases, the driver is not in fact the party best situated to compensate victims. With the assistance of an experienced car accident attorney, victims can identify the optimal individuals from whom damages can be obtained.

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Scottsdale was the scene of one of Arizona’s most recent driveway accidents, a frequent and frustrating occurrence in parking facilities across the state. In this collision, five professional baseball players suffered injuries in a collision with an oncoming vehicle as they left a hotel driveway to travel to spring training camp. While none of the players was seriously hurt in this accident, many victims involved in such collisions do not fare as well. Driveway accidents can and do result in serious property damage, severe injuries and in certain cases, death.

Parking lots not safe havens

Statistics indicate that 20 percent of all motor vehicle accidents occur in parking facilities such as driveways, garages, ramps and lots, with 14 percent of all auto damage claims arising from such accidents. While many of these collisions involve cars colliding with each other, a large percentage also involves pedestrians struck and killed by motorists. Sadly, backover accidents in which drivers unwittingly run over victims, usually children, are also extremely common in driveways.

Fault, negligence and liability in driveway accidents

While the facts and circumstances of every accident are different, consistent legal principles apply and are used to determine who is responsible for the injuries and property damage that result from driveway accidents. When drivers in parking facilities and driveways travel at excessive speeds, fail to check for oncoming traffic or pedestrians, or ignore posted signs regarding safety issues, the lack of care with which they operate their vehicles may rise to the level of negligence. When drivers act negligently, they can be found liable for the monetary damages they cause.

Compensation for your injuries

Despite the generally slower speeds involved, victims of driveway accidents may still sustain serious injuries, for which they are entitled to compensation. Drivers are not the only parties who may be liable, however. Property owners, employers and municipalities may also be legally responsible for the events that occur on their property.