Parking lots can be a dangerous place filled with distractions. Vehicles are in constant motion as motorists look for parking spaces. Other cars are backing out, while pedestrians, children, and shopping carts weave in and out of traffic. Most parking lot accidents involve low-speed collisions and fender benders. However, safety in these areas should not be underestimated.
Our car accident attorneys want you to remember these important tips if you are involved in a parking lot car accident.
- Move Your Vehicle to Safety
When possible, move your cars out of the way of oncoming vehicles. If there is no room or too much damage, then turn on your emergency flashers and exit the vehicle. This will help avoid additional accidents.
- Is Everyone Ok?
Make sure there are no injured drivers or pedestrians. Do not try to move a severely injured person yourself. Call for medical assistance, and allow the EMT crews to do their jobs.
- Call the Police
“The police will write an official report, which could help in a settlement,” says Mike Wyatt, car accident attorney. “This is especially important if the other motorist was driving drunk or distracted. However, if the parking lot was on private property, then the police might not write a report. This is why you should record every detail possible of the accident.”
- Collect Information
Take pictures of any damage. Write down the time, date, location, weather and parking lot conditions. Talk to any witnesses and exchange names, phone numbers, emails, and relevant insurance information with the other driver. These details can help you receive a fair resolution from insurance companies or in a legal settlement.
- Call Your Insurance Company
Your insurance carrier will investigate and estimate the damages to your vehicle, and review all your options.
- Seek Legal Representation
“Since most parking lots are private property, there are no uniform laws for determining fault,” says Mike. “Parking lot car accidents can be complicated with many factors, laws, and parties involved.”
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