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Tips for handling a mall parking lot crash

In our last post, we highlighted the dangers that await consumers in shopping mall parking lots. Essentially, the crush of shoppers makes prime parking spots scarce. Motivated shoppers may have little patience for discourteous drivers and may take chances that they usually don’t take in trying to get a parking spot. As such, the chances for accidents can increase.

Nevertheless, drivers should know what to do should they be involved in a parking lot crash. This post will highlight some helpful tips. 

Trade insurance information – It may seem obvious, but exchanging insurance information is an important aspect of handling an accident. However, if there is some reason why the other driver does not provide his or her information, this may be indicative of another problem (such as lack of insurance).

Use your phone – As much as we decree using cell phones while behind the wheel, they can be quite helpful in documenting damages after an accident. It may even be that your insurance provider has a smartphone app that allows you to send pictures directly from the accident scene.

Watch what you say – Indeed, you may feel bad about what happened, but compassion by itself does not mean that you are guilty. However, it is important to pay attention to what you say, since a statement of compassion may be construed as an admission of guilt. Admitting fault may torpedo your case before you have a chance to assert your rights.

If you have questions about your rights and options, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. 

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