Car park collisions on the increase
It has been reported in The Telegraph yesterday that minor collisions in car parks have risen sharply by 35% in recent times.
The main reason for this is believed to be the fact that the cars we drive have increased in size whereas the parking spaces are not being adjusted accordingly. There is no minimum size for a car parking space however, the guidelines that are in place were developed in 1999 and recommended that the average car required a space of 4.8m long by 2.4 m wide. http://www.planningni.gov.uk/downloads/parking-standards.pdf
Although these were only guidelines many planners have now used it as a template for the minimum size a parking space should be in order to maximise the spaces they can get out of any particular area. The problem has now arisen with many newer model cars, SUVs and 4x4s being much bigger than those of the guidelines which makes getting in and out of the vehicle much more fraught with danger.
If you ever have the misfortune to have your vehicle damaged as the result of an incident in a car park or indeed, if you’re involved in any sort of road traffic collision causing damage or injury please contact us at MTB and arrange a free consultation with one of our expert lawyers who will be able to guide you through the process to recover compensation for all of the losses that you are entitled to.