CAR ACCIDENTS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY: WHAT TO DO

Dec 19, 2017

What Happens When You Get into a Car Accident on Private Property?

Car accidents can turn even the best day into a complete nightmare. People may be injured, arguments can ensue, and liability can be difficult to determine. With car accidents on private property, there are much to evaluate and discuss. There are some basic facts and tips as to what to do if you are in a car accident on private property.


Liability Issues

One factor that can be difficult to deal with is the liability issues on private property. If one gets involved in accident on public property, the proper authorities will most likely fill out a report and make a basic determination as to who is at fault.


Understanding the Difference

This, however, is not applicable if you endure a car accident on private property. In some cases, the police may not show up at all. If they do, they will let you know that they have no true, nor definitive, jurisdiction to determine fault. They may fill out a police report, or they may simply document the accident that occurred. In either case, kindly ask them for a copy of what they report. Keep it for your records, and make a copy for your insurance company.


Determining Who is at Fault

Determining fault on private property is different from public property in that both parties can be found at fault, and the owner of the property may share in some of the liability. For example, if the accident occurred in a parking lot and the arrows telling the direction to go were faded, the owner would be held partially liable.


Property Owner Accountability

If a driver hits your vehicle while you are shopping, an uninsured motorist coverage would come into play if the driver has no insurance. The owner of the property, however, may still be liable under premises liability law for the accountability of the accident. A premises liability policy protects the owner in the event of a claim against his or her property; therefore, the owner’s insurance may cover this (based on the situation).


Steps to Take Following a Car Crash

If you’re trying to determine what next best steps to take following a car crash, especially if such is on private property, we got you covered. Contact our firm immediately following your accident, so we may help you immediately. If authorities are reported nearby, be sure to keep a copy of your accident’s police report, if available.


Tending to the Injured

If anyone is injured, you should immediately seek medical help. There aren’t many injuries in private property car accidents, but medical help should be sought for even a minor injury, this is to prevent any minor injury from expanding and possibly giving opportunity to get worse, later. With no medical report, you may not be able to receive compensation for the injury, so before you leave, be sure to ask your medical facility for a medical report before leaving and include this with other documents related to the accident.


Seeking Proper Settlement

One of the most important key factors to remember is to contact an the trusted car accident attorneys before contacting your insurance company. Rather than accepting an unreasonably low settlement, seek the rightful representation of the attorneys for maximum results for your compensation. Hiring an attorney can help you get all that you truly deserve.


Document Everything

Take as many photos as possible and get witness contact information. You should also log any information about the accident such as time, date, weather, and location. Keep these with your records for later use.


In Business to Defend Your Best Interests

If you find yourself in an accident on private property and are searching for a professional car accident attorney, give us a call. Our experienced attorneys have a vast knowledge in law and will professionally negotiate to get you all the settlement you deserve. Contact us today, and let us help get you on the road to recovery.

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If you find yourself in an accident on private property and are searching for a professional car accident attorney, give us a call. Our experienced attorneys have a vast knowledge in law and will professionally negotiate to get you all the settlement you deserve. Contact us today, and let us help get you on the road to recovery.

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