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What to do after a mall parking lot accident

In a prior post we highlighted the importance of dealing with road rage. As the holidays have come about and shopping mall parking lots are going to be congested, we find it prudent to revisit this issue.

Road rage is the definition given to aggressive, violent and/or rude behavior exhibited by drivers in the course of having a negative experience while behind the wheel. It can manifest itself in rude gestures, profanity laced tirades and even physical violence. With the holiday season in full swing, it is expected that parking lots will be tricky places to maneuver. But with tensions running high between people who are stressed out by the expectation to get presents, the chances for road rage accidents may increase.

So what are you to do if you are in an accident with someone? The following tips should help.

Stay calm – Indeed, this is a given, but if you have just been rear-ended or you have been clipped, it is easy to let your emotions take control and give the culprit a piece of your mind. Simply put, resist the urge to punch them out.

Don’t admit fault – It is natural to feel empathy towards the other person, especially if you feel like you were at fault. However, you may not know for certain that you caused the accident. So save the admissions for what can be proven in court.

Stay at the scene – It is important to stay at the scene of the accident until the police arrive, create a report, and indicate that you are free to go. 

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