I Had An Accident In A Car Park – Who’s At Fault And Can I Claim?
By Lewis Cobain. Last Updated 10th November 2023. If you have been injured in an accident in a car park due to another road user breaching the duty of care they owed you, then you may be able to claim compensation.
In this guide, we explain the process behind car park accident claims. This includes advice on what steps to take if you are hurt in a car park accident, how the law may provide grounds for you to claim compensation and how much compensation may be offered.
This guide also covers different types of evidence that can support car park accident claims and the benefits of making a claim with the help of a No Win No Fee solicitor.
You are welcome to contact us about your eligibility to claim if you’ve been hurt in an accident in a car park, such as a multi-storey car park. Our advisors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions. To reach them, you can do any of the following:
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- I Had An Accident In A Car Park – Who’s At Fault And When Could I Claim?
- Can You Claim For An Injury Or If Your Car Is Damaged In A Private Car Park?
- Compensation Payouts For Car Accident Claims
- What Evidence Can Support A Car Park Accident Claim?
- Accidents In Car Parks – Get In Touch To Claim With Our No Win No Fee Solicitors
If you have been involved in an accident in a car park, you may be wondering whether you could make a personal injury claim. For you to have a valid claim, you will need to prove:
- Someone else must have owed you a duty of care.
- This person breached their duty.
- This breach caused your car park accident, and you subsequently suffered an injury.
Some examples of the parties that owe you a duty of care while on a car park include:
- The occupiers of the car park: Whoever controls the car park premises has a duty of care under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 to ensure you are as safe as reasonably practicable while using that public space.
- Motorists: Road users owe each other a duty of care to use roads and car parks in a manner that prevents causing injury to themselves and others. They must also adhere to the rules and regulations found within the Highway Code and the Road Traffic Act 1988.
Speak to our friendly advisors, and they can answer your questions, including, ‘I had an accident in a car park, who’s at fault?’ In the UK, you won’t be charged for contacting our advisors via telephone. Ring at any time on the number at the top of this page.
Time Limits In Personal Injury Claims
If you are making a claim, it will be subject to the time limits set by the Limitation Act 1980. This is typically three years from the date of the accident that caused your injuries.
- Children under the age of 18 cannot begin proceedings until their 18th Once they turn 18, the time limit is no longer suspended, and they have three years to begin proceedings if a claim has not been started on their behalf.
- Those who lack the mental capacity to start a claim also cannot begin proceedings. The limitation period is suspended indefinitely. However, if they regain their capacity and a claim was not started on their behalf, they will have three years from the date in which it was determined that their mental capacity was regained.
Call our advisors for free advice about making a claim. They can check your eligibility for compensation as well as value your claim and make sure you are within the time limit.
If your car was hit while parked in a car park and the driver drove off, it’s important to gather evidence. For example, consider obtaining the CCTV footage from the car park operators. Additionally, you should take photographs of the damaged vehicle. Such evidence can help prove there has been a hit-and-run on your parked car.
It’s also important to ensure there is no failure to report an accident in a car park to the police. You must report the incident within 24 hours if no details were exchanged at the time of the accident and if damage or injury was caused.
Also, whether or not you wish to make a claim, you should still notify your car insurance of the incident.
Speak to our advisors at any time if you have additional questions about car accident claims. They could connect you to our panel of road traffic accident solicitors if your claim is valid and has a chance of success.
If you and your car have been damaged in a car park then you could be eligible to receive compensation. However, your car does not need to be damaged in order for you to be compensated for your injuries – any damage to your vehicle will likely be covered by your insurance. The amount that is awarded to you for the pain and suffering caused by these injuries is known as general damages. Legal professionals associated with your claim are responsible for calculating this figure.
When they are doing so, they will often make use of various resources to help them arrive at a suitable sum. One of the materials they use is called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). We have included some figures from this publication in the table below. The JCG was last updated in 2022. The amounts should give you an idea of what your claim could be worth as far as general damages are concerned.
Injury Guideline Compensation Bracket Comments
Serious multiple injuries with special damages Up to £1,000,000+ Multiple serious injuries that can be both physical and mental with special damages.
Leg - Amputation (a) (i) £201,490 to £270,100 Loss of both legs.
Neck - Severe (a) (i) Up to the region of £148,330 Incomplete paraplegia from associated neck injuries.
Neck - Moderate (iii) £7,890 to £38,490 Injuries range from those that have been exacerbated by a pre-existing condition to dislocations and fractures that cause severe immediate symptoms.
Arm - Severe (a) £96,160 to £130,930 Injuries which do not require amputation but that are very serious and result in the injured person being not much better off than where the arm could have been lost; for example, a serious brachial plexus injury.
Arm - Less Severe (c) £19,200 to £39,170 Significant disabilities, for which a significant level of recovery is anticipated or will have been required.
Wrist - Loss Of Function (a) £47,620 to £59,860 Injuries resulting in complete loss of function in the wrist for example, where an arthrodesis has been performed.
Knee - Moderate (b) (i) £14,840 to £26,190 Injuries which involve torn meniscus, cartilage or dislocation. This can result in wasting, minor instability weakness or another future (mild) disability.
Whiplash - One or multiple whiplash injuries with one or multiple psychological injuries £4,345 Symptoms lasting between 18-24 months.
Whiplash - One or multiple whiplash injuries £4,215 Symptoms lasting between 18-24 months.
Special Damages For Car Park Accidents
In addition to general damages, some settlements for successful car park accident claims might also include special damages. This aims to compensate you for any of the financial losses you have suffered due to your injury. However, to claim special damages, you will need to submit evidence of your losses, such as bank statements or invoices.
Examples of the losses you could be compensated for include:
- A loss of earnings for any time spent off work recovering from your injuries.
- Medical costs, such as money spent on prescriptions or physiotherapy.
- Travel costs, such as taxi fares to medical appointments.
To discuss personal injury claims for car park accidents, or to see if you could claim compensation for the costs of repairs made to your car if it was damaged while parked, contact our advisors today.
Do The Whiplash Reforms Affect My Claim?
Certain claimants might have to make their claim through the Whiplash Reform Programme. If you are a passenger or driver in a vehicle and 18 or older, the value of your injuries will determine how you claim. The reforms do not apply to pedestrians.
Minor injuries suffered in a road traffic accident, valued at £5,000 or below will be claimed through the whiplash reforms. In addition, the overall value of your claim cannot exceed £10,000. For example, if your car was damaged in a car park and you would like to include this as part of your claim, the value of the repairs combined with the value of your injuries cannot be more than £10,000.
If you suffer whiplash in a car accident, it will be assigned value from the tariffs in the Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021. However, other minor injuries will be valued in accordance with the compensation brackets set in the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), which we examine later in this guide.
In car park accident claims, you’ll be required to present evidence that can prove that the defendant acted negligently and that you suffered harm as a result. For example:
- A diagnosis from a doctor or medical professional can prove the extent of your injuries. If you went to the hospital after the accident, ask for your hospital records.
- Ask for the contact details of anyone who might have witnessed the car parking accident, so that your solicitor can get in touch with them.
- Take photographs of your injuries or any damage to your car.
- Request CCTV footage if your car was damaged in a car park. The footage can determine exactly what happened and who caused the damage.
- Proof of any financial harm or expenses you have incurred because of your injuries, such as a bank statement or invoice. They can be helpful if you seek special damages.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss what other evidence you could obtain for your car accident claim. Additionally, we could put you in touch with one of our expert road traffic accident solicitors and they can help you collect evidence.
One of our lawyers may be able to help you with your claim. They have experience with personal injury claims for car park accidents and could help you with gathering evidence, ensuring your claim is filed within the limitation period, and guiding you through the claims process.
Furthermore, they may offer you a type of No Win No Fee agreement known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Under this type of arrangement, you will not be required to pay anything upfront or during the process of your claim to your lawyer for their services. Additionally, you won’t have to pay them a fee for the work they have done on your case if it is unsuccessful.
Should your claim succeed, your lawyer will deduct a success fee from the compensation awarded to you. The percentage that they can take as this fee is legally limited.
Our friendly advisors could inform you whether you are eligible to work with one of our lawyers. They can also help answer any questions you may have about personal injury claims for accidents in car parks.
To get in touch with one of our advisors, you can:
Below, you can find some useful links on personal injury claims.
- How much compensation can I claim for a car accident claim?
- Reporting an accident that happened in a car park
- Department for Transport publishes official statistics
- Whiplash Compensation Find out how much you can claim?
- If you have suffered from a whiplash injury due to a car park accident, contact us today to make a no win no fee whiplash claim.
Thank you for reading our guide on car park accident claims.
Other Useful Compensation Guides
Here are some more useful guides:
- For more general advice on how to claim compensation under personal injury law, head here
- Walsall Car Accident Claims Solicitors
- See our guide for more information on learner driver accident responsibility.
- Motorcycle accident claims
- Post-traumatic stress disorder compensation
- Road traffic accident claims
- Hit and run accident claims
- Time limits for personal injury claims
- Emergency Services Vehicle Car Accident Claims
- Can I Claim Compensation Even If There Were No Witnesses To My Accident?
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- How To Claim For Injuries Following Landlord Negligence
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