Many Kentucky motorists are familiar with how to handle accidents on the road. But what if you get into an accident in a parking lot? Unlike public streets, parking lots are private property. Some people may not know what to do in the event of a parking lot accident and could forfeit valuable rights if they are not careful.
First of all, if another vehicle collides with yours, do not leave the scene of the accident just because it occurs in a parking lot. Findlaw points out that the same laws that apply to leaving an accident on a public road also apply to parking lots. Additionally, if you are struck by another car and then leave the lot, the other driver could blame the accident on you at a later time. Also, by leaving the accident scene, you give up the chance to gather information on the other driver, including their insurance company.
Immediately after a parking lot collision, making sure you have proper medical attention is paramount. A U.S. News and World Report article advises motorists to call for emergency medical help in the event anyone in a lot accident is hurt or is dazed. Preserving the lives of all persons involved in an accident always takes precedence. Even if no one has suffered apparent injury, some symptoms take longer to manifest, so any person involved in a lot accident should be examined by a doctor for hidden bodily injuries.
You can also phone the police. Even though your accident did not occur on a public road, that does not mean you cannot contact the police to come in and file a report on your collision. This can be vital if you or anyone has been injured. If you try to claim compensation after the fact, without a police report it will be your word against the other party.
Don’t hesitate to gather information from the other driver. Gather the other driver’s name, phone number, car insurance, license plate number and driver’s license number. In doing so, be polite. Car collisions can be an occasion for flared tempers and angry words. Additionally, do not admit guilt or apologize. The other driver may claim that you made admissions that make you appear to be responsible for the accident.
Basically, you should treat a parking lot accident as you would if it had occurred on a public road. By gathering all the information you can on the other driver involved and seeking out the police so you can have a report written on your accident, you will have the resources needed if you seek compensation for your injuries.