When you arrive at your favorite restaurant in Dallas or elsewhere in Texas, you may choose to hand your car keys to a valet if the parking lot is crowded. You expect the valet to park your car for you, and, when it’s time for you to go home, the valet will drive your car up to the front so that you can retake possession of your vehicle.
But what if your car arrives damaged? What should you do if you see damage on your car? Should you call the police or go straight to the restaurant manager? Who is at fault and who will pay you for the damage caused in a valet parking accident?
We asked our Dallas valet parking accident attorney at Law Office of Dorothy Hyde to answer these questions and help you figure out what rights you have when your car has been damaged through valet service at a restaurant, nightclub, bar, café, or any other entertainment establishment.
Unfortunately, more often than not, valets do not admit to the owner of the car their car has been damaged when the valet parked it. They are hoping that you will not notice damage on your car. And in many cases, car owners do not notice any damage or that something went missing from inside their car.
But when they do, what should be their course of action? Our experienced valet parking accident attorney in Dallas advises to always circle around your car and take a thorough look at your car when you pick up your vehicle from the valet to see if there’s any damage or if anything is missing from inside your vehicle (money, wallet, phone, documents, jewelry, watch, etc.).
If you have reason to believe that your car has been damaged in a valet parking accident, immediately take photos of the damage (and, preferably, also record a video). If there’s something missing from inside your vehicle, go straight to the restaurant management to collect the following information:
If the valet is refusing to give you this information, go straight to the management of the establishment that employs the valet or uses the valet company’s services.
Our Dallas valet driver accident lawyer warns that if there has been moderate or severe damage to your vehicle, it’s advised to call the police as soon as possible.
However, do keep in mind that the police may not arrive if the valet parking accident took place in a parking lot (if it’s part of a private property). Also, do not forget that you will have to report this accident to your auto insurance company in order to receive compensation for the damage.
Liability in a valet parking accident depends on whether the establishment uses the services of an individual valet or a valet company. If it’s the latter, you will most likely be able to file a property damage claim against the valent company. Either way, the valet or his/her company may argue that you “assumed the risk” upon receiving your claim ticket. In that case, you need to be represented by a skilled car accident lawyer in order to protect your legal rights and ensure that you are receiving the compensation that you deserve.
Schedule a free consultation with our lawyers at Law Office of Dorothy Hyde today. Call our offices at 214-883-1700.
Our law firm doesn’t take personal injury cases lightly. Attorney Dorothy Hyde is the resident barracuda of Dallas — fearless and unrelenting, she doesn’t stop until she obtains the best outcome and maximum compensation for her clients. Choose us and you’ll have an apex predator with years of trial experience and negotiating skills to bring your case to a successful conclusion.
We help personal injury victims receive the financial compensation they need for full recovery. We are a voice for personal injury victims and help them get their life back on track.
After I was severely injured, I didn’t know what to do next. One of my colleagues recommended reaching out to Dorothy for representation. When I finally did, I didn’t regret my decision — I received tremendous support and she treated me like family. She brought the best outcome and I’m amazed at the passion she brings into her work. I would recommend her services without any reservation.
I’ve always known that I needed an insurance policy to protect me if I got into a car accident. But when I got involved in a car crash, I realized how important it is to have a lawyer protect me from my insurance company! This firm settled my case really quickly and delivered excellent results. Dottie secured a fair and equitable settlement, and I’d recommend her to anyone in need of good counsel and representation.
Thank you for bringing my claim against the construction company to a successful conclusion. You made the process less intimidating and made me feel like the struggle I had to endure was valid. It has helped me cope with a lot of post-accident challenges differently. You were more than I expected — thanks again.
We are so dependent on our devices. From cell phones to TVs to cars, we use products every day that have the potential to injure or kill us. Products don’t always mean technology. Products can also mean food and drink. Products can be our cleaning solutions. Anything that we purchase or create to help users […]
An incident that took place in nearby Ellis County on March 24 highlights the unpredictability of the roadways. That day, five people were killed on State Highway 34, close to Bardwell. Among those killed was Bardwell Police Chief Michael Spurgeon and his son, a firefighter with Bardwell Fire Department. Texas DPS investigators say that a […]
A man who killed a woman after driving his vehicle at 107 mph in January is not facing a manslaughter charge. 21-year-old Alejandro Hernandez was driving east on W. Danieldale Road in Duncanville when he slammed into a Dodge Avenge. The woman in the Avenge, Tiffany Hamlet, was taken to the hospital but was pronounced […]
The city of Dallas has received requests from three new scooter companies to put as many as 2,200 more scooters on our streets and they could be here as soon as this month. Until a little over a year ago, nobody really knew what electric scooters were. Now, if you have spent any time in […]
Roadways are dangerous. No matter how many times you have driven the same road or taken the same route. The likelihood of you getting into an accident is the same every time you take your car onto the road. Our Dallas Car Accident Attorneys at the Law Offices of Dorothy Hyde know the heart break […]