Every day there are hundreds of fender benders, sideswipes, and even more grave car wrecks in Georgia parking lots. An impact between two cars in a parking lot is not different than an impact between two cars on the road. We see some of the same injuries in parking lot accidents as we do in others, so don’t think that because you have been struck in the lanes outside of a grocery store or mall that the same rules do not apply.
Your first action after a parking lot wreck will need to seek treatment if you feel pain. As with other accidents, sometimes the adrenaline prevents the symptoms of pain from flaring up. Listen to your body. If you have pain, stiffness, or discomfort, get medical help. Once you do, keep your medical records and bills.
Next, you will need to get as much information as you can about the wreck. Don’t just photograph your own vehicle. Take pictures of both cars. Make sure you get multiple angles and document any damage as thoroughly as possible. Did anyone witness the wreck? Parking lots are generally full of people, so ask around. If someone did see it, take down their name, number, and address. You will need to be able to contact them later.
After that, call the local police department. Most parking lots are considered private property, so may police officers will not issue a standard accident report. However, you can insist that the officer create a “Georgia Uniform Motor Vehicle Private Property Accident Report.” This report will record all the main information, like the driver names and insurance information. More importantly, it will have a description and diagram of the how the wreck happened. This will be valuable later on.
Finally, it will be important to contact your insurance provider. Most policies include a duty to cooperate, meaning that they must be put on notice if you were injured. Many times, failure to help your insurance company investigate may result in loss of coverage, for example, underinsured motorist coverage.
Quite simply, you have the right to bring a claim against an at-fault driver who has injured you, regardless of location.
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.