Many large supermarkets employ people to retrieve the carts so they are out of harm’s way. If they don’t then invariably accidents between badly positioned or runaway shopping carts take place between them and parked cars. Depending on the slope of the parking lot, a shopping cart can do considerable damage to a parked car. When this happens the car owner is looking for someone to blame as it might be possible to recover the car damage through filing a PI compensation claim.
Causes of Shopping Cart Accidents
Shopping cart accidents with cars do not just happen on their own. Some of the most common reasons are as follows:
- an employee fails to retrieve all shopping carts so they become an accident hazard;
- an employee tries to take control of too many shopping carts at once causing loss of control and runaway shopping carts;
- a customer lets go of a shopping cart and it hits a nearby car;
- The supermarket fails to employee enough shopping cart retrievers so the parking lot becomes unsafe to be used by customers.
Types of Damage That Can Happen to You from a Shopping Cart Accident
As a shopping cart is not a large object it is unlikely to total a car if it gets out of control. However, depending on the slope of the parking lot substantial damage can be done to cars if they are hit by a runaway shopping cart. If there is a head on collision between a shopping cart and a car there could be dents and scratches to the car and the lights could be damaged.
If the car is rear ended, the rear bumper could be damaged, as well as lights and deep scratches could affect the paintwork. Similarly a side swipe could damage the fender beneath the driver and passenger doors as well as causing dents, scratches and pain damage. It is never cheap to repair damage to a car whether it is structural or cosmetic. Most car owners will be seeking compensation from the person or entity that caused the damage.
Why You Need a PI Attorney and What He or She Can Do to Help You
You shouldn’t think twice about asking an attorney to help you win a PI claim. If your car has been damaged by a shopping cart you want to be sure you may get the full cost of the damage.
*The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Costco, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.