If you are sitting in a parked car and another car hits you, and you are injured as a result, the accident is treated just as if you were in a moving vehicle. Follow the same steps as you would with any car wreck.
Steps to Take After an Alaska Parked Car Accident
In order to support a potential claim for damages later on, it’s important that you take steps to document what happened at the scene of the accident or as soon as you are able to.
Call the Authorities
If your accident occurred on the street, you should call the police immediately. Police reports record important details of the accident and can provide a valuable piece of evidence in determining liability. If your accident happened in a parking lot, you should still call the police. However, there is no guarantee of a police response—unless there are serious injuries or public safety concerns.
Regardless of where the crash occurred, you should document the details at the scene, including:
- Taking pictures of the vehicles involved in the crash as well as the crash site
- Noting any details, such as signs, signals, or construction, that could have contributed to the crash
- Taking pictures of any visible injuries you might have
- Gathering contact and insurance information from the other driver
- Taking down the names of any passengers involved in the crash
- Getting contact information for any witnesses who saw the crash
- Checking for surveillance cameras in the area
Get Medical Treatment
Just as you would after any car accident, get medical treatment as soon as possible—even if you think your injuries are minor. It can sometimes take a while before injuries make themselves known. If you don’t seek treatment, this can also diminish the seriousness of your injuries in the eyes of insurance adjusters.
Contact a Car Wreck Attorney If You Are Injured
If you suffered injuries in a parked car crash, you might be entitled to damages. An experienced vehicle accident attorney can provide the guidance you need to build a successful claim. It’s important for people to remember that dealing with an insurance adjuster without the help of an attorney might cost you. It is the goal of insurance companies to pay out as little as possible. Alaska attorney Ben Crittenden knows how insurance adjusters work, and he will fight to get you what you deserve.