Parking Lot Accidents And Property Ownership

Parking Lot Accidents That Can Happen To Anyone

Car wreck in a parking lot? If it hasn’t happened to you, you’ve thought about it happening. This is one of the most common types of car accidents. It happens when you least expect it; when you’re at your busiest. You could be out grocery shopping or leaving dinner at a restaurant. You could be just heading into work for the day, or picking up the dog from daycare on the way home. Hitting a car or getting hit by another driver can happen almost anywhere. Here are some things to keep in mind. 

Should I Call The Police?

Accidents on public property usually require police attention. That’s because the police have to keep the public safe. If an accident happens on a public road, the police will show up to write an official report. That’s part of their job. Parking lot accidents require far less attention. Most parking lots are private property. Parking lot accidents also tend to be minor and happen often. Therefore, the police may not respond to a parking lot accident unless it’s very serious. 

Private vs. Public Property

You’ll need to do a few things no matter the location of your accident. Get the other driver’s insurance and contact information, and give them yours. Your parking lot accident might not require police attention, so you’ll need to keep track of the details. Think of it as you making your own report. It is helpful to have photographic proof of what happened. If you have a camera, use it. Photos and video can make a huge difference in determining liability. Find people who were present when the accident happened to act as possible witnesses. 

Call A Kansas City Auto Accident Lawyer

Having an experienced car accident attorney on your side makes all the difference when you’re involved in a wreck. Like other cities, there’s no guarantee Kansas City police will respond to a parking lot accident. Thankfully, Krause and Kinsman are experienced in all areas of car accident law and are only a phone call away.

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