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A Shopping Cart From Rite Aid Hit My Parked Car*

Like any drug store, Rite Aid employees may not always pay attention to the safety and security of its shopping carts that people use when doing their shopping at a store. Invariably, customers will just leave them right next to their cars after unloading their shopping.

If the store’s employees are not quick enough off the mark, shopping carts roll around the parking lot causing damage to parked cars. If you have returned to your car after shopping and you have found a shopping cart lodged up against your car, leaving scratches and dents you may be able to file a PI claim to cover the cost of repairing your damaged car.

Causes of Shopping Cart Accidents

There is little doubt that shopping carts hitting parked cars is due to negligence, as Rite Aid, like all stores, has a duty of care to ensure people and their property are kept free from injury or damage when on their premises. Generally, there are several ways a car could get damaged by a shopping cart as follows:

  • the parking corral for shopping carts has not been emptied so shopping carts are left unsecured to move around in the parking lot;
  • an employee was not paying attention when relocating shopping carts back to the store entrance and they roll away hitting parked cars;
  • a customer just lets a shopping cart go after unloading the products into the car and it hits neighboring cars.

Types of Damage That Can Happen to You from a Shopping Cart Accident

There could be nothing worse than coming back to your parked car in a drug store parking lot and finding a shopping cart lodged up against it. It would be unusual for a shopping cart to total a car but it can do some quite substantial damage like long scratches and deep dents when the shopping cart hits your parked car.

Parking and reversing lights could be damaged if the shopping cart rear ends the parked car after rolling down a slope in the parking lot. As long as you have enough proof that the damage to your car was done by a shopping cart you should in a good position to file a PI claim which includes car damage.

Why You Need a PI Attorney and What He or She Can Do to Help You

To ensure you get a good settlement it is best to talk to a PI attorney first. An attorney will ensure all the evidence proving negligence is presented to the insurer and the full cost of the damage caused to your car by a shopping cart.

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The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Rite Aid, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.

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