Black Friday did not get its name by accident. It is the most anticipated shopping day of the year. But it is also the most chaotic. Every Friday after Thanksgiving, countless people throughout South Florida literally camp outside stores to get those amazing bargains. But it may also be the most dangerous day to go to the store. Over the last decade, more malls and stores have reported increased violence. In some cases even deaths. While the holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, Black Friday has become a symbol of everything that is wrong with the holiday season. It is also no surprise that insurance companies and personal injury attorneys are bombarded with the phone during this time of the year.
Adventures in the Parking Lot
Many Black Friday injuries occur before shoppers enter the store. Parking lots can quickly transform into a battlefield. According to Farmer’s Insurance, the amount of parking lot accidents jumps 25 percent during the busiest shopping day of the year. Because stores are often crowded, many parking lot facilities lack sufficient amount of spaces to accommodate shoppers. It is not uncommon for tempers to flare, increasing the chances of an accident. During this time, car insurance companies also see a spike in car accident claims. If your accident was caused due to the negligence of another driver, you are entitled to seek compensation to account for your injuries and damages. Because Florida is a no-fault state, the negligent driver’s insurance company will have to provide compensation.
If you have been involved in a parking lot car accident, take plenty of photos and videos of any damage to your vehicle. Also, take the time to draw a diagram of how the accident occurred. You don’t have to be an accomplished artist. But a diagram can often become helpful to determine liability. If your car has hit a parked car and caused any damage, be sure to leave your name and phone number. Be prepared to take plenty of photos in case the other driver decides to exaggerate the damage to their car. If another motorist hits your car and then drives away, you can file a car accident claim if you have collision insurance.
Beware of Your Fellow Shoppers
Black Friday can also bring out the worst in many people. The stress and rush to grab that last item can lead to anger and violence. Stores can become a mass of humanity where shoppers are pushing and shoving each other. If you are injured by a fellow shopper, follow the store’s procedures for reporting the incident and filing a claim. In some instances, the store could also be held responsible depending the conditions and circumstances of the injury.
Have You Been Injured Due to the Negligence of Others? Contact Cooper City Personal Injury Attorney Bradley S. Hartman For a Free Initial Consultation
The holidays are about sharing and giving. But it can also become a chaotic time at the stores and malls. If you have been injured due to the negligence of a fellow shopper, it is vital to seek representation from an experienced and knowledgeable legal professional that can protect your rights and help recover the proper compensation you deserve. For more than 30 years, Cooper City personal injury attorney Bradley S. Hartman has utilized a personable and comprehensive approach to help place each client in the best position to succeed. He and his experienced legal staff are committed to helping guide accident victims through the legal process and smoothly as possible. To learn more, contact the Cooper City Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman, P.A. and schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.