No one backs out of a parking space at the grocery store or mall thinking that they’re about to become involved in a personal injury lawsuit, but it happens more often than you’d think. Parking lot accidents account for nearly 20 percent of all traffic accidents and many of them end up in court. If you become involved in a parking lot wreck, follow these steps to protect your rights:
1. Be responsible
Determine if you or the other people involved in the accident need medical attention. Call emergency responders if someone needs help.
2. Call the police
Even if the accident only resulted in minor damage, be sure to inform the police so that there is an official record of the accident on file. It’s required by law in many states and will come in handy if the accident results in litigation.
3. Get the necessary information
Find out the name of the other driver and also get his or her license plate, driver’s license number, insurance information, and contact info. Avoid getting into an argument about the accident and, whatever you do, do not admit fault. If you’ve struck a parked car and no one is around, gather available information about the other vehicle and write your contact information down on a note and slip it under the other vehicle’s wiper blade.
4. Take pictures
Pictures can help document damage should the accident end up in litigation.
5. Collect facts about the surrounding area
Make note of businesses around the scene and also make note of the time, location and weather conditions present at the time of the accident.
6. Call your insurer
Get in touch with your auto insurance company as soon as possible. Give them all the details of the accident that you have.
7. Get in touch with an attorney after a parking lot wreck
If you were injured or your car experienced severe damage or if the other party is making accusations and allegations, it’s smart to get in contact with an auto accident lawyer sooner rather than later.
The Law Offices of Marc J. Shuman & Associates, LTD. helps clients recover the compensation they are owed in personal injury and wrongful death suits. As a Chicago-area personal injury firm, the Law Offices of Marc J. Shuman & Associates has helped thousands of plaintiffs recover millions from parties responsible for their losses.
Contact us at 1-800-722-9744 today to learn more about how our firm can help you in your legal matters.