The time period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the busiest shopping time of the year, which makes parking lots the busiest as well. When parking lots are crowded with cars, trucks, SUVs, and pedestrians, it is likely that a parking lot collision in Florida is possible. When a parking lot accident occurs, it is important that you know what to do.
Some steps to take after a parking lot collision include:
• Treat a parking lot crash the same as if you were in an accident on a highway or city street.
• Move your car to a safe location or pull over where it is safe and you aren’t blocking traffic.
• Stay calm and don’t let your emotions get the best of you.
• Exchange information with the other driver including his or her contact information, driver’s license number, and insurance policy number.
• Write down or take a picture of the license plate number of the car or cars involved.
• Use your cell phone to take pictures of the damage done to your car and to the other car or cars involved.
• Try and get the names and numbers of any witnesses in the parking lot.
• Call police if anyone was injured or if the crash was a hit-and-run.
• Don’t be surprised if the police don’t come out to a parking lot accident scene. If they do, get a copy of the police report.
• Jot down information from the accident such as the date, time, weather conditions, and spot in the parking lot the accident took place.
• Take as many pictures as possible.
• See a doctor within 14 days of the crash for a thorough examination.
• Contact an auto accident attorney if you were injured or need help getting compensation from the insurance company.
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