If you think that your car is parked safely in a lot somewhere, and then you come outside to find that someone has hit it, then you’re probably going to be pretty upset. But these things do happen, and at least you can take comfort in the fact that you were not in the vehicle at the time, so you sustained no injuries. Coye Law Firm can handle your car accident claim, or there are several other lawyers who you can hire if you need advice and assistance. In the meantime, though, you’ll have to examine your repair options.
Did the Person Leave a Note?
One of the vital factors if you find your car damaged in a parking lot is whether the other driver left a note with their contact and insurance information. If they did, then it’s going to make the process of getting the vehicle repaired a lot easier. You can reach out to the other driver and their insurance company, and their policy should handle the repairs. You can take the car to an auto body shop and get the damage taken care of, and then you can file a claim.
What If No Note Was Left?
In the case that the person who hit your car did not leave a note, then it means they didn’t want to deal with the situation. Perhaps they were driving without insurance, or they might have felt like it was too much of a hassle even to be bothered. If that happens, you’re going to need to look around and see if there are any cameras nearby. These days there are cameras everywhere, so it is not likely that the person was able to get away from the accident without there being some taped evidence of it. If there are stores nearby, they likely will have security cameras, or there might be traffic cameras at nearby intersections.
What If There Are No Cameras?
If no cameras are around, you might have to resort to asking people nearby if they saw anything. If they did, they’ll usually volunteer the information. Cars running into each other typically make a good amount of noise, so someone probably saw something, unless the accident happened off-hours when nobody was around. Eyewitness testimony will come in handy if you need to pursue legal action against the driver who didn’t leave a note.
The extent of the damage could be minor, like a fender-bender, in which case it will not cost too much to repair. If the damage is more extensive, then it could involve the ordering of replacement parts. In either case, it’s not going to be much fun going through the process, but you want your vehicle to appear new again, and aesthetics are not the only concern. What’s more vital is for you to get the vehicle repaired if the damage caused by the other driver makes your car unsafe to drive, such as the alignment being affected or a taillight being knocked out.
Hopefully, you can resolve the issue without too much difficulty, but it is highly likely you’ll want to contact a lawyer if you feel that the person who hit you is trying anything unusual or unethical.