If you were shopping and a shopping cart hit your parked car, you will want to pursue a claim against the liable party to recover compensation for your property damages. You will need to gather documentation and evidence to show who was at fault and the extent of your damages, so you can pursue a personal injury claim. Your odds of a successful claim will increase with the help of a personal injury lawyer.
Causes Of Shopping Cart Accidents
Shopping cart accidents have many causes, but usually they are caused by negligence and could have bene avoided. Trader Joe’s, or any other grocer has a responsibility to make sure carts are removed from high traffic areas and put away. Employees should regularly check the parking lot at intervals to ensure there aren’t any buggies left out so they could cause damage. Shopping carts or buggies should be placed in corrals or taken inside the store.
If you return to find a shopping cart hit your parked car, you should get photos of the damages and of the accident scene before anything is moved. You will want to file a report because the accident report will be needed to help support your property damage claim against the grocery store. Check around to see if there are witnesses. Ask any witnesses to provide you with written statements. Get the names and contact details for any witnesses. Also, look to see if the incident could have been caught on surveillance video.
Kinds Of Damages Sustained In A Shopping Cart Accident
A variety of damages could result from your car being hit by a shopping cart when parked in a parking lot. You will need to take your vehicle to a qualified repair shop, and have it inspected by a knowledgeable technician. Get a written repair estimate that is itemized and that shows all the damages suffered. Damages might include scratches, paint chips, dents, dings, broken glass, or damage to light covers.
Work With A Personal Injury Attorney
If your car was damaged when a shopping cart from Trader Joe’s, or any other grocery store hit your car while it was parked, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer who is licensed to practice in your state. Personal injury lawyers work on the contingency basis, which means you will not pay anything out of pocket. Your lawyer will not be paid until you win your claim. When you hire an attorney to represent you, you are much more likely to have a successful property damage claim to recover compensation for the damages your vehicle sustained. Schedule your free case review today!
*The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Trader Joe’s or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.