Two cars collided early Friday morning, July 10, 2020, at the 7400 block of Woodman Avenue in Van Nuys. One of the vehicles was sent flying into a row of parked cars damaging eight of them, and according to police at the scene, three people were injured in the crash.
There is no report on the condition of those injured or whether any of the injured were in a parked car. Police are looking into whether speed played a role in the collision.
Parked Car Accidents
According to a report from CBS citing statistics from the National Safety Council, at least 50,000 parked cars are involved in accidents each year, and 500 of those resulted in a fatality. To those occupying either vehicle, a parked car can be just as dangerous in a collision as a moving car.
Parked cars are typically in one of three circumstances, all of which can be a danger to other vehicles:
- Parking Rows: Parked cars are often in rows along the side of the street. Most of the time this occurs in neighborhood settings, inner-city streets, and business districts. These are more likely to be hit after a collision by two moving cars happen.
- Parking Lots: Parking lots have their own risks that come from distracted drivers. Today the biggest problem is cell phones as drivers feel it’s safer to use their phone in a parking lot.
- Shoulder Parked Cars: These are usually cars that have some mechanical or other problem, and the driver has pulled over to the shoulder of the road. The risk here is due to the speed of the cars passing the parked car which could cause a significant impact.
Because of the force of an impact with a parked car, occupants of any of the vehicles involved can be seriously injured.
Parked Car Accident Liability
In many of these cases, there is a collision between two cars that precedes the impact with the parked cars. In these cases, the victim will have questions regarding who’s at fault in a collision where the impact sent the victim’s car into a parked car.
At first blush, the answer is so long as the other driver was at fault in the collision, then that same driver is at fault for any damage or injuries suffered when the car collides with a parked car. This includes any victims in the parked car.
However, there are situations where the owner or driver of the parked car might bear some responsibility. The bottom line is that anytime a driver in a car accident that results in damage and/or injuries is negligent, then he or she can be found partially or fully responsible for the damages.
So, if the driver parked a car negligently, then he or she might bear some or maybe all of the responsibility for the collision. For example, if a car was parked along the side of the road but stuck out a bit or was very close to the roadway, then the driver could be at fault if the car is hit.
In California, the law will assign a percentage of blame to everyone who was negligent in an accident, and each person will pay their share of the damages based on their percentage of negligence. Thus the owner of a parked car could conceivably pay for some or all of any injuries that resulted in the negligently parked car.
Call a Van Nuys Car Accident Attorney
The best thing to do when injured due to someone else’s negligence is to talk to a Van Nuys Car Accident Attorney. Even if you don’t hire one, you owe it to yourself to be advised of the law by an impartial professional. Then if you decide to get representation, then choose someone who is experienced and understands the law.
Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online. We have attorneys with years of experience dealing with every type of motor vehicle accident, and we get results against the insurance companies and their highly-paid lawyers. Call us now to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.