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Parking lot crash causes injury, damage, Galveston suit claims

When a car accident results in injuries that have long-term consequences, the victim may be entitled to monetary compensation. Even if the person who caused the accident does not have the funds to pay, that person's insurance may be financially responsible. The high cost of medical rehabilitation, missed work and other expenses incurred by a victim may necessitate suing to recover compensation.

The car accident doesn't have to be of the kind that makes the nightly news. Even collisions that occur in the relatively low-speed environment of a parking lot can cause significant injury and damage, as is the contention of one suit filed recently in Galveston County Court.

The suit alleges that a 2010 car accident in an IHOP restaurant parking lot left the plaintiff with painful injuries. The plaintiff states in the suit that he was pulling out of a parking space when another driver attempted to pull into the space before his car was all the way out. The force of the collision pushed the plaintiff's car into a palm tree, causing damage to the car and injuries to him.

The suit accuses the defendant of failing to pay attention, failing to brake appropriately, failing to drive at a prudent speed, failing to take evasive action to avoid the collision and driving carelessly. The plaintiff is seeking compensation that was not specified in the suit.

When negotiations fail to produce a settlement that adequately compensates victims for their injuries, a lawsuit may be the only alternative. Those who have been injured in a car accident should be aware of their rights when pursuing legal remedies.

Source: Southeast Texas Record, "Suit claims Galveston two-vehicle accident sent motorist into palm tree," John Suayan, Oct. 29, 2012

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