Some people may believe parking lot accidents are not as serious as roadway accidents, but that is a misconception. Even where the damage may appear minor at the time, it is important to take all precautions and treat these accidents like any other.
First, if you have been injured or feel pain, you should seek prompt treatment. Although that seems pretty straight forward, sometimes your adrenaline may prevent you from feeling the symptoms of certain injuries, such as whiplash, at the scene. Go to a medical provider and get checked out. Keep your medical records and bills.
Second, gather as much information on the wreck as possible. Take pictures of both vehicles. Find out if anyone saw the collision. Parking lots are usually full of people, which means that they are also full of witnesses. If someone did witness the wreck, get their name, number, and address so that you can contact them later.
Third, call the local police department. Generally, parking lot accidents occur on private property. This means that the police will not issue a typical police report. However, you can request that a “Georgia Uniform Motor Vehicle Private Property Accident Report” be prepared by the officer. This document will record all the pertinent information about the wreck and will be useful later on.
Fourth, be sure to contact your insurance provider. Under your policy, you have a duty to cooperate with your insurance company. Almost all polices require that the insured report accidents. Many times, failure to help your insurance company investigate may result in loss of coverage.
Regardless of the amount of damage to either vehicle after a parking lot accident, if you were injured, then you have the right to bring a claim against the at-fault driver. Pure and simple.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a parking lot car accident and you are wondering what to do next, then please do not hesitate, call and speak to one of our experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers today. Our consultations are always free.