Parking lots can be deceptively dangerous places. Motorists are constantly distracted and always on the move either parking or backing out. To make things even more complicated, there are pedestrians, children and shopping carts weaving in-between vehicles. For the most part, parking lot accidents only involve low-speed collisions and fender benders. However, parking lot safety should not be taken lightly.
Our car accident attorneys want to remind motorists everywhere of these parking lot tips in case of a collision.
Move Your Vehicle to Safety
If it’s possible, move your automobiles out of traffic. You don’t want to risk an additional accident. However, your car might be too damaged to move or the parking lot might be too small. In these instances, turn on your emergency flashers and exit the vehicle.
Is Everyone Safe?
Check everyone for injuries. If a driver or pedestrian is seriously hurt, then do not try to move them. Call 911 and let the EMT crews take care of injured victims.
Call the Police
“The police will write an official report, which could help in a settlement,” Mike Wyatt explains, 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.”
In order to increase your chances of receiving a fair resolution from insurance companies or in a legal settlement, you need to record every detail of the accident. Talk to witnesses and take pictures of any damage. Write down the time, date, location, weather and parking lot conditions. Exchange names, phone numbers, emails, and relevant insurance information with the other driver.
Call Your Insurance Company
The insurance carrier’s job is to investigate and estimate vehicle damage, and review all your best options.
Seek Legal Representation
“Since most parking lots are private property, there are no uniform laws for determining fault,” Mike says. “Parking lot car accidents can be complicated with many factors, laws, and parties involved.”
If you or a loved one are an accident injury victim, call our car accident attorneys for a consultation. Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley Injury Attorneys has the qualifications necessary to represent you!
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