How to Handle Parking Lot Accidents
Parking lots are the most common accident sites – it’s best to be prepared.
Statistically, you are more likely to experience an accident in the parking lot than anywhere else. Given the unfortunate likelihood of this scenario, it’s important to understand what you should do. Should you find yourself in a parking lot accident, follow the tips below to get through it as easily as possible.
Testimony from people who saw the accident take place is the easiest way to avoid a dispute from the other party. If there are willing witnesses to your accident, take note of their names and phone numbers so they can be reached in the future.
To file a claim, you must have the other party’s insurance information. Swapping insurance information is important, as it will help the next steps in the process go as smoothly as possible. If the other party refuses to swap information, you should notify the police. Police should also be contacted if the accident was major.
These days, most people are equipped with cell phone cameras. It is always a good idea to photograph the accident before either vehicle is moved. Pictures provide irrefutable evidence of what happened, and make sure that the stories stay consistent.
Consider what happened carefully and logically – if you were at fault, it is in your best interest to admit it and take responsibility. If a guilty party won’t take the blame and flees the scene, they could be pressed with hit-and-run charges. If the other party wasn’t around at the time of the accident, it is best to leave a note under the car’s windshield wiper with your contact information.
Once everyone has traded information and gone their separate ways, you need to think about repairing your vehicle. Now is not the time to save a couple bucks with a substandard repair job. You should bring your vehicle to a trusted and experienced shop that can give your vehicle the attention it needs and deserves. After over 22 years on the job, we have minor repairs down to a science. Come and see us or give us a call for a free quote, and we can get your vehicle back on the road in no time.