Hitting a Parked Car
We sometimes find ourselves in situations where it is almost impossible to maneuver our vehicle out of a parking lot or parking space. Some drivers park their cars too close to one another and others just take up too much space than what was allotted for their vehicle. Unfortunately, because of this, drivers tend to back into one another as they are trying to leave or pull in.
Accidents involving parked cars don’t only happen in parking lots but also on roadways. Sometimes, there are no parking lots available which results in drivers having to park their cars and trucks on the sides of the roadway. And if an inattentive or careless driver happens to pass by and doesn’t see the car parked off to the shoulder, they often hit them resulting in property damage.
If your car was hit while it was parked or you hit a vehicle that was parked, our accident attorneys remind you to never leave the scene of the accident. Even if the impact only left a minor scratch or the tiniest dent, if you leave, you could be charged with a hit-and-run and that could result in some hefty fines and fees. If you do hit-and-run, there is a high chance that someone witnessed the accident or a security or surveillance camera caught the entire accident on film. And that’s when the real trouble begins.
What do I do if I hit a parked car?
- The first thing to do after hitting a parked car is remain at the scene as we mentioned above. In the state of California, you are required by law to try and find the owner of the vehicle to inform them that you hit their car.
- If you are unable to locate the owner of the car you hit, you must then leave a note so they can contact you and collect further information so an accident claim can get filed.
According to insurance.com, you should include the following information in the note:
- Contact number
- Explanation of accident
- Name and phone number of the vehicle owner if you were driving a friend or relative’s car
- Take photos of the accident and the surrounding area.
The last thing you want is the other driver to inflate the cost of the damages all because you failed to take photos of the true damage that was caused. Some dents can cost at least $1,000 to repair as parts aren’t exactly cheap, especially on luxury vehicles, so to be safe, take as many photos as you feel is necessary. Our Burbank, California accident lawyers sometimes are required to represent car accident clients and photos have served as essential evidence in the case.
- Check the area for witnesses. If someone saw the accident, take down a statement and their contact information in the event you need it at a later date. If the vehicle owner of the car you hit is making outlandish claims, a witness can help clarify what really transpired.
- Contact your insurance company. Once you report an accident, your insurance company will have record of it. So, in the event the driver is trying to accuse you of a hit-and-run, if you reported the accident, it shows you weren’t trying to “run” away but probably couldn’t identify the owner at the time of the accident.
If you have more questions regarding hitting a parked vehicle and what legal actions the other driver can take, call us today and we will pair you up with a local accident lawyer in the city of Burbank, California. There are many different laws that come into play when an accident occurs and our lawyers can help clarify these for you.