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New York Parked Vehicle Accident Lawyer

When you are sitting in a parked vehicle with the engine turned off, the last thing you might expect is to be injured in a car accident. Unfortunately, just because your vehicle wasn’t moving doesn’t mean you can’t be a victim of another driver’s carelessness or recklessness. Even if your car was parked, serious injuries can result if another vehicle crashes into you.

If you were injured due to another driver hitting your parked car, you may be entitled to monetary recovery. The personal injury lawyers at The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. know how stressful the aftermath of a parked vehicle accident can be and provide personal time and attention to every case while fighting to obtain the maximum compensation you deserve.

Causes of Parked Vehicle Accidents

Parked vehicle accidents can happen in parking lots, parking garages, or even when you’re parked on the street. Depending on where the accident happened, it may have been caused by a variety of factors. The driver who hit you might not have used their mirrors when backing up, or they may have been distracted. Other accidents involving parked cars can be caused by defective brakes or steering wheels.

Common causes of parked vehicle accidents can include:

  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence
  • Texting or cell phone use
  • Failure to observe
  • Drowsy driving
  • Recklessness
  • Mechanical malfunctions


If you were parked safely and legally, liability in your parked vehicle accident might be straightforward. However, while driver negligence is to blame for most parked vehicle accidents, there may also be other contributing factors. For instance, if a parking lot owner failed to remove ice or snow which caused another car to skid into yours, they may also be partially responsible for any injuries you sustained. A manufacturer may also be liable if the accident was caused by a mechanical failure. 

Offering reliable representation in every case, The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. will skillfully investigate your claim and uncover any potential sources of liability to ensure the negligent party is held accountable for your injuries.

Common Parked Vehicle Accident Injuries

A parked vehicle accident can cause substantial injuries or permanent disability if the adverse vehicle struck your car on the driver’s side while you were in it. But even in cases where another motorist may have struck the back of your car when they were pulling out of a parking spot, you may have suffered soft tissue injuries, bruises, or a concussion, depending upon the force of the impact.

It’s best to seek medical attention right away if your parked car was hit while you were in it. You may be referred for MRIs, X-rays, EMG-NCVs, CAT scans, and other diagnostic testing that can allow your doctor to determine your injuries. A course of treatment may include physical therapy, chiropractic care, and the use of durable medical equipment. If your injuries are severe, surgical intervention may be necessary.

Although listening to your doctor and following through with their treatment plan is critical for your health, it’s also paramount to your personal injury lawsuit. Your medical documentation is key to building a strong personal injury claim — it’s also essential to maximize the value of your case.

At The Dearie Law Firm, P.C., we provide experienced advocacy for victims of parked vehicle accidents and help them recover fair compensation for the injuries caused by the negligence, carelessness, or recklessness of another. 

Adept Advocates Working to Ensure You Recover Full Monetary Compensation

If you’ve suffered injuries in a parked vehicle accident, you might be entitled to recover for your economic and non-economic losses. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, you may be compensated for your unreimbursed medical expenses, lost earnings, and out-of-pocket expenses connected with the accident. You may also be awarded compensation for your pain and suffering and the loss of enjoyment of life you experienced due to your accident-related injuries.

The personal injury lawyers at The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. are proficient in litigating and negotiating parked vehicle accident claims. Understanding the impact that your accident may have had on your life and livelihood, we take a strategic and comprehensive approach to help ensure the highest possible verdict or settlement is obtained in your case.

Contact a Skilled New York Parked Vehicle Accident Lawyer

Parked vehicle accidents are unanticipated — and if you were inside the car at the time of the crash, you may have sustained serious physical injuries. For more than 30 years, The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. has been committed to fighting for the rights of clients who have been hurt in parked vehicle accidents and securing the best possible results that can be achieved in their cases.

The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. has convenient office locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, as well as mobile locations serving Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester, Rockland, and Long Island in Nassau County and Suffolk County. Contact us at 1-800-2-DEARIE for a consultation.