You returned to your car in the parking lot and found a busted headlight, dented bumper, or paint scratches down the side. Someone has clearly hit your parked car and left the scene. As atrocious as the idea is, this happens very frequently. So what can you do about it?
What to Do When Someone Hits Your Parked Car
With no driver in sight, there are a few things you should do immediately after discovering your car has been damaged:
1. Stay at the scene, even if you see someone driving away from your car.
2. Call the police. Tell them what happened and file a police report.
3. Look around for witnesses who may have seen the collision.
4. Record the time and date, location, and any other relevant factors.
5. Take photos of the accident scene and the damage to your car. Get close-ups and aerial photos.
6. Contact your insurance company to report the collision and file a claim.
Hitting a Parked Car is a Type of Hit and Run
Any sort of auto accident where someone leaves the scene is considered a hit and run. Drivers have a responsibility to stay at the scene or at least make a reasonable effort to find you – the car’s owner. Unfortunately, hit and run drivers can be difficult to identify and locate, which means you may be on your own when it comes to insurance coverage.
If you are able to identify the driver, you still may have a hard time getting adequate compensation for the damage they did to your car. Depending on that person’s insurance coverage, you may end up having to file more than one claim.
Consult with a Lawyer
Perhaps the most important thing you should do after a hit and run accident is to contact a lawyer. A car accident lawyer can walk you through the process of filing a claim and getting the compensation that you deserve. If your car is damaged due to someone hitting it while parked, contact Abogados Campeones to learn more about your best options for compensation. Call us at 323-613-2113.