Chicago Parking Lot Accident Attorneys
Illinois Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers
Although they may seem to be relatively safe, parking lots are often the scene of many auto accidents. Parking lots are packed with vehicles and pedestrians. Drivers in parking lots are often distracted as they are searching for an available parking space, which means that they are not entirely focused on driving. Moreover, parking lots often contain a number of obstructions that make it difficult to see other motorists or pedestrians. Parking lots are also a common place for hit and run accidents.
The Chicago area auto accident attorneys at Ankin Law have vast legal experience representing victims in a wide variety of auto accidents, including those that commonly occur in parking lots such as hit and run cases, pedestrian accidents and cell-phone related accidents.
Parking lot accidents often result in disputes between insurance companies regarding liability. Insurance providers seek to settle claims as quickly and cheaply as possible and they frequently use a formulaic approach when determining compensation. Insurance companies may not assess the full situation and a skilled auto accident attorney can go a long way in supporting your claim. The skilled Chicago auto accident attorneys at Ankin Law can advocate on your behalf in order to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve. Contact our office at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago parking lot accident attorneys.
What to Do If You Are In a Parking Lot Car Accident
Whether you are in an auto accident in a parking lot or you return to your car to find that it is damaged, the following are some tips to keep in mind if you are the victim of a parking lot accident.
- Stay calm, assess damages and/or injuries. If you have been involved in an auto accident of any kind, it is important to remember to stay calm. Parking lot accidents frequently occur at low speeds so any injuries might not be serious. You may wish to seek medical attention even if you appear uninjured, however, since many injuries like whiplash do not develop symptoms until hours or days after the accident.
- Report the accident. You should immediately notify the police of the accident. Even though there may be no apparent damages or injuries, it is important to adequately document the facts of the accident and take note of any damages or injuries as they become apparent. Notifying the police can help provide a thorough record of the accident that includes all pertinent facts. Insurance companies frequently require a police report in order to process any claims, even if the damage is minor.
- Notify your insurance company. You should promptly notify your insurance company of the accident so that a claim can be filed. It is also helpful to obtain the insurance information of the other driver in order to expedite the claims process.
- Contact an attorney. Depending on the severity of the accident, and the facts surrounding the incident, you may wish to contact an auto accident attorney.
The experienced Chicago auto accident attorneys at Ankin Law have considerable knowledge of auto accident negligence and liability laws and we can help you determine whether you may be entitled to compensation for the damages or injuries you have suffered in your parking lot accident. Contact our office at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago parking lot accident attorneys.