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Preserving your rights after a parking lot accident

In our last post, we highlighted the importance of being vigilant around black ice. While slippery spots can certainly  be a hazard during this time of year, many people may not realize that a significant number of accidents occur in parking lots as well.

The reason is simple, with many more people out shopping during the holiday season, parking spaces may be hard to come by. Because of this, drivers may take more chances while trying to get to a parking space. 

This may lead to a driver failing to use reasonable care, either by looking at coupons that they want to use on their phones, speeding around corners in order to get to a spot, or even misjudging the distance to a spot; thus leading to a crash.

So what should you do if you are involved in a parking lot crash? The following tips can help.

Remain calm – Yes, being in an accident can be jarring; even if it is a fender bender. Nevertheless, this is not the time to lose your temper, as that could make things worse.

Be careful about admitting fault – While some drivers want to blow their tops, others may be quick to admit fault out of guilt (and not because of they were actually at fault). This is something to be avoided because if you were actually at fault, it should be proven in court.

Take pictures – While the scene, and your memory, is still fresh, it is prudent to take plenty of pictures so that you can make a claim. 

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