Auto Accidents and Private Property: What Should You Do? By Steve Charpentier on June 01, 2015

Car with its front end smashed inVehicular accidents can occur anywhere; a car can hit a bike in a park, a motorcycle might sideswipe a truck on the freeway, and one car might back into another in a parking lot. However, if you are seeking compensation for a car crash, the circumstances and environment of the incident may impact your case. At the Charpentier Law Firm, we help clients who have suffered from auto accidents seek fair compensation for their damages. Our legal team understands the nuances of the laws surrounding vehicular incidents, so we can help you prepare and argue your case. In the following blog post, we explain the connection between auto accidents and private property, and describe how our Melbourne legal team can assist you in pursuing just recompense.

Where an Accident Occurs Matters

When you’re in a vehicular accident, every aspect of the event matters, especially if you feel the other party was negligent and you wish to seek damages. In general, car, bike, truck, or pedestrian accidents that occur in public areas are much simpler and easier to assess. If you are involved in an accident on a freeway, the local authorities will file a report on the incident, which you can then use in your suit. However, in some regions and under certain jurisdictions, police will not write tickets for accidents that occur on private property, such as in business’s parking lots or in the driveways of individual homes. While a police report is not the only determining factor in the success of an auto accident liability case, it can provide valuable information and greatly assist clients pursuing compensation.

If You’re in a Crash on Private Property

Let’s say a car rear-ends your bumper in a private parking lot or a truck hits you as you’re bicycling through a neighbor’s driveway: what should you do? Fortunately, private property auto accidents tend to have less severe damages than high-speed impacts that occur on freeways or busy public streets. However, you can still suffer monetary, psychological, or physical harm as a result of these incidents. If you experience a crash under these circumstances, you can take the following steps to benefit your case:

  • Call the police. Even if they cannot or will not write a report, it doesn’t hurt to ask for assistance. In addition, if you believe the other party was intoxicated, the police may be able to write a criminal report, even if the accident happened on private property.
  • Take photographs of the vehicles involves, as well as any resulting injuries.
  • Ask for help from any private security on the premises. These professionals can help document the accident and write informal reports.
  • Write down everything you can remember about the circumstances of the accident. Did you see the other party on his or her cell phone? Which direction was the car traveling? You may not remember these basic facts in the ensuing weeks.
  • Exchange insurance data with the other party. If you’re in a minor accident on private property, you may be tempted to just handle it yourselves without notifying your insurance providers, but this can make it more difficult to argue for damages should you decide to seek them.
  • Discuss the accident with witnesses and make sure to write down their contact information. If other people, such as fellow shoppers or neighbors, saw the accident happen, their testimonies could be very valuable in your case.

It’s important to follow the above suggestions even if your accident seems relatively minor. You may not realize the physical, emotional, or property damage until after the incident, especially in the midst of the shock and stress of an accident.

How We Can Help You

If you’ve been in an auto accident, our legal team can help you determine if you have a good case for damages and help you pursue them. We will review your documentation, medical records, witness testimony, mechanical bills, and any other relevant data to help build your argument so you can obtain appropriate compensation. Our experienced professionals have the knowledge and expertise to guide you through the complicated process of filing an auto accident claim. 

Contact The Charpentier Law Firm for Assistance

To learn more about auto accidents on private property or seek representation from our office, contact us today for a consultation.

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