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What To Do If You Hit A Parked Car
Many people go into panic mode when hitting a parked car. As holiday season approaches car accidents go up, especially those involving parked cars. Read on to learn what to do in this situation.
Stop your vehicle and ensure you or any passengers are not injured. Ifthey are call 911 without delay. If possible move your vehicle from the road to a safe place. Switch on your flashers as a warning to other drivers.
Remember a Hit and run may be considered as a felony or misdemeanor so stay in the location the accident happened in to avoid fones, jail time, license points or more. Also if you leave, car insurance companys may not cover you in the future. Do not drive away from the scene but make a reasonable attempt to locate the owner of the vehicle you have struck.
You are expected to make an effort to locate the owner of the vehicle. At the very least put a note under the wiper as this will help you avoid getting accused of a hit and run. You may want to take a picture of it as well. Do not say anything that puts you ina bad light. the note should contain your name, address, phone number and a brief description of what transpired.
some states require you to contact the police, others onlty to xchange information with the owner of the other vehicle. When injuries are invovled the penalties for not doing this can become very severe and you may even face felony charges for failing to do so or not doing so in a timely manner.
Snap as many photos as you can including damaged done to the vehicles, the license plate of the other vehicle and as we saifd a photo of the note being placed on the car so you have visual evidence of doing the right thing if the owner of the vehicle is not around.
Talking to people on the scene can establish you did not flee the ecene and reinforce what happened. You can always wait for the police to arrive instead of confronting strangers if that would make you feel more comfortable.
Your insurance company will expect to be notified of any accident. In turn this protects both you and them so be sure to speak with them as soon as possible following the accident.
We highly advise to schedule a consultation with a local attorney specializing in car accidents. This may well help to minimize your liability and they can assist you in dealing with the claim in an effective manner.
Our personal injury attorneys will ensure you have the finest comprehensive representation. If you need legal help with in a no-fault car accident, speak with our knowledgable car accident lawyers in Mesa today.
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