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The process after being involved in a car accident can be confusing. Drivers typically know it is important to exchange information with other drivers, take photos of the damage and call the police to file a report. However, when a person is involved in a parking lot accident, he or she may not know what to do next.
Because parking lots are private property, people sometimes think they will be helpless if there is an accident. That is not necessarily true. After a parking lot accident, there still is a chance to file a claim and potentially seek compensation for damages. There still is a three-year statute of limitations, so it is important drivers address the situation soon.
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Because parking lots are private property, the process after an accident is significantly different. For instance, rather than calling a police officer and having him or her exchange information with the drivers, those involved in the accident are responsible for handling the situation.
In most instances, local law enforcement will not respond to minor traffic accidents within parking lots. Because they are private property, the rules of the road do not apply. However, if there is an argument or altercation after the incident, police should be requested immediately.
After a minor parking lot accident, it is important to exchange information will all parties involved in the collision. Drivers should know what information is needed. For instance, you should be concerned about getting the other person's name, phone number, address, insurance information and license plate.
If a person refuses to exchange contact and insurance information with you, he or she could be avoiding the situation because the driver does not have insurance or a valid driver's license. In these cases it could be much more difficult to resolve the situation, and filing a claim against the driver may be necessary.
Determining fault in a parking lot accident can be difficult, especially because law enforcement usually is not involved in the situation. In these cases, the insurance companies usually will determine who is at fault for the accident.
There are several factors that can be considered when determining who or what caused the collision. For example, if a person backs his or her vehicle into another, the insurance company may claim that driver is at fault. If the vehicle was parked illegally, you still could be considered at fault.
Additionally, where the impact occurs on the vehicle could be significant in determining how the accident happened. For instance, if a person is backing out of a parking spot and another driver hits his or her vehicle, the person leaving the spot may not be at fault.
In these situations, it is important to gather as much information about the situation as you can. Taking photographs of the damage and exchanging information and gathering testimonies from witnesses can be crucial in determining who is at fault for the incident. Drivers also can seek camera footage from business owners.
All of this information can be beneficial when filing a claim with an insurance company as well as seeking damages in court. If the driver does not have insurance, filing a personal injury claim against the person to cover damages may be the best option. In the midst of the confusion after an accident, use your best judgment when gathering information.
Although police officers may not respond to accidents in parking lots, drivers still can file police reports. In these cases the drivers may have to go into the police station on his or her time. This documentation can help if the other driver or drivers do not have insurance, especially if there are injuries.
Even if a person is driving at a slow speed, accidents still can occur. Bicyclists and pedestrians also can be in danger of getting injured while in parking lots. Some types of accidents could include, but are not limited to:
If you suffered injuries in a parking lot accident, a Denver personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve. Insurance companies often will try to present you with little assistance and offer you minimal help. We can help you make sure you received the damages you need.
If you sustained catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed in an accident in a Colorado parking lot, you may be able to seek compensation for any lost wages, medical bills, and other costs you and your family incurred. The Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson represents clients in such communities as Littleton, Westminster, Longmont, Lakewood, Centennial, Thornton, Boulder, Aurora, and Arvada.
Jennifer L. Donaldson is a Denver personal injury attorney who has received the AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™, a distinction that Martindale-Hubbell® calls a testament to the fact that peers rank her at "the highest level of professional excellence." She can provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call (303)-458-5000 or submit an online form today to arrange a free consultation.