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Florida Parallel Parking Accidents

parkingNot every state requires that a driver be able to parallel park before obtaining his or her license. In fact, Florida does not make new drivers prove they can parallel park, and it does not seem that this will change any time soon. While there may be fewer areas around the state as compared to other population-dense states in which people need to parallel park, the reality is that parallel parking accidents do happen. If you or someone close to you has been injured or sustained property damage as a result of a parallel parking accident, our firm can help.

Parallel parking refers to when a vehicle is parked parallel to the roadside. Parallel parking can be a daunting task even for experienced drivers. Drivers who are attempting to parallel park must take great care in making sure they are paying attention when pulling into the spot.

Typically, a driver will drive slightly past the spot and reverse into it slowly. The driver who is parking should signal and pull into the spot as quickly as possible in order not to hold up traffic behind him or her. This is sometimes tricky because as the car is backing into the empty car spot, traffic may be moving in the lane right beside it, and a car may even be pulling up behind the driver, waiting for the driver to pull into the spot. The motorists following the parking car should slow down and pass only when it is safe to do so.

Parallel parking accidents typically take place because one or both drivers were negligent. Negligence occurs when a driver causes an injury, death, or property damage because he or she failed to act how a reasonably prudent person would have acted under the same or similar circumstances. Consider the following example. Ted had his turn signal on and began reversing into a spot on a one-lane residential street when Bob decided to pass Ted but ended up hitting Ted’s car instead. In such a scenario, both parties may be considered negligent because Ted should have ensured that it was safe to back into the spot before doing so, and Bob should have made sure the way was clear before attempting to pass. Neither of them acted how a reasonably prudent driver would have in the same situation, which is why they would both likely be at fault to some degree – the exact degree of fault would be decided by the jury.

In order to establish negligence, the plaintiff should demonstrate that the defendant owed him or her a duty of care, the defendant breached that duty of care, and the plaintiff suffered harm and damages as a direct result of the defendant’s breach.

If you or a loved one has been hurt or your car has been damaged in a parallel parking accident, it is important to reach out to a skilled Miami car accident attorney who can evaluate the facts of your case and determine the viability of your claim. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we understand how to navigate personal injury cases, so you can rest assured we can advocate for your rights at every step of the way. For a free consultation, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online today.

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