Parking lots can feel like the “wild west” of driving. Although parking lots are often lined to direct traffic, drivers frequently ignore these lines, instead careening across the asphalt at speeds too fast to allow them to stop immediately if another vehicle, person, or object crosses their path.
If you’ve been injured in a parking lot crash, it’s important to take steps to immediately address injuries, gather information, and protect your legal rights. Here’s what to do.
- Call for help.
First, make sure everyone involved in the accident is out of the way of traffic. Call 911 or your local emergency number if needed, especially if anyone was injured in the crash.
Whether or not you believe you are injured, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as you can after the accident. Not all car accident injuries are immediately apparent, especially those that occur during low-speed crashes.
- Gather information.
Calling the police to file a report is required if anyone has been injured, and it’s often a good idea even if you aren’t certain whether there were any injuries. Police officers can help gather information and create a report that outlines what happened at the scene, which can help you establish your position in a later claim for compensation.
Whether or not you decide to call police, gather what information you can at the scene, including the other driver’s contact and insurance information and the names and telephone numbers of any witnesses.
Take photos of any damage to your vehicle or sketch a diagram of the scene to help you demonstrate exactly what happened. This must be done because officers will not always investigate accidents in parking lots.
- Contact your insurance company.
Those injured in accidents often have a small window in which to file a claim, so it’s important to call your insurer as soon as you can, especially if vehicle damage or personal injuries are involved.
Whenever you talk to your insurance company, stick to the facts. Don’t speculate about whether you were injured, how badly, or how well you might feel tomorrow or next week. Instead, tell the insurer what happened, where, when, and who was involved.
Speak to an experienced lawyer who can help you prepare the details of your claim and ensure your insurance company treats you fairly.
- Keep a record.
Designate a file folder and a notebook or notepad as your “record” for your accident. Keep all your paperwork related to the accident in the folder, including doctor’s notes, receipts, and any paperwork from your job if you took time off work.
Use your notebook or notepad to keep a log of the days following your accident. Note any new medical symptoms and what your doctor recommended for treatment. Write down appointments, deadlines, and other items you need to remember.
Keep track of how you’re handling the aftermath emotionally. This information all relates to your losses following the accident, and it can help your lawyer ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced car accident attorney near you. The attorneys at the Folger Law Firm are dedicated to helping our clients seek the compensation they need. We work on a contingency basis, so you won’t pay fees unless we recover for you.
Contact us today to learn more.
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