Parking lot accidents occur and with the holiday season upon us shoppers will be rushing in and out of parking lots, increasing the threat that an accident will happen. Parking lots can be very dangerous places. It’s like they were almost designed for fender benders and accidents. You have drivers seeking a place to park anxiously trying to reach their destination. On the other hand, you have drivers trying to leave, moving about and backing up in very confined areas. It’s a recipe for an accident. Now introduce pedestrians into the mix and things become deadly. Pedestrians strewn throughout the parking lot walking thru parked vehicles, behind cars all while we have drivers backing up or rushing to find the right spot preoccupied or distracted with many different activities in a car. Then it happens.
Typically, parking lot accidents are low-speed collisions. Damage to vehicles occurs and because of the low speeds, injuries tend to be not as serious as highway accidents. With this said, parking lot accidents can be serious and sometimes deadly and should be taken very seriously. Whiplash, head and neck injuries, back injuries and many other bodily injuries occur that can cause devastating long lasting pain and suffering due to parking lot accident.
It is important that you pay attention to your surroundings in busy parking lots. Keep speeds low and don’t become distracted while moving about. Carefully look behind you before backing up out of a parking spot and watch carefully for pedestrians and especially children. Children are much more difficult to see moving through a parking lot simply because of their height. Extreme caution should be taken whenever children are seen walking in busy parking lots.
If you are involved in a parking lot accident, here are a few important steps to take following the collision.
- Make sure the vehicles are in a safe location and only exit your vehicle when it is safe to do so.
- Check for injuries and call 911 if anyone is injured.
- Call the police if someone is injured and if the damage is extensive.
- Gather information such as names, license plate numbers, witnesses, insurance information, phone numbers, police information, and location and time.
- Take photos of the accident scene. The location, the damage to vehicles or property, anything that may be important is easily captured using a smartphone.
- Note any information regarding weather conditions, lighting, location, parking lot traffic etc.
- Call an attorney if you are injured or damage to vehicles or property appears extensive.
It is important to know that many times the police may not come to the scene of a parking lot accident. A police report will not be written because the accident occurred on private property. If this is the case and the parking lot is large many have private security patrols and they should be notified and you should request they come to the scene of the accident. Regardless if it is the police or private security patrol, you need to gather information and request any reports that may be generated regarding the incident.
Most importantly make sure that you seek medical attention if you have been injured in any way. Gather information and contact an attorney if you have any questions regarding any legal aspect of the accident. It is a good idea to have an experienced personal injury attorney working for you when dealing with insurance companies. Many times, they will attempt to make fast claims or deny coverage. An attorney by your side will ensure your rights are protected and that nothing unfair occurs as a result of the accident.
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