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Bumps, scratches, dents, fender benders – parking lot accidents can cause lots of annoying damages to your car but that’s not the only headache you may have to deal with. In Ontario, accidents that happen in parking lots don’t fall under the normal Ontario Highway Traffic Act. Parking lots are considered private property in the province, so if an accident in a parking lot happens to your vehicle, it’s important to know your legal rights. Here we outline everything you need to know about car accidents in parking lots and what to do if it happens to you.
Since a parking lot is considered private property the rules in place are to be enforced by the property owner. The property owner has the right to refer to the police to deal with the accident directly. However, even when law enforcement gets involved, the charges are not usually laid by the police as in most cases the accidents are minor and do not require any attention after trading insurance details. But you should be aware that in more serious accidents where injuries have been sustained, there are often other laws and potential charges that may apply depending on the scenario.
As soon as an accident happens, make sure to take a picture of the vehicle before moving the cars or talking to anyone involved. Make sure that you record the name of the person, license plate number, make of the car, and obtain insurance details of the other driver. Also, record exactly what happened, what you saw at the time, and if there were any witnesses. It’s also wise to attempt to get a number and name of one witness that you can call upon if needed. If the damage appears to be more than $1000, you should call the police. In all cases you should also immediately contact your insurance company and report the incident.
Knowing who is at fault is important and should be documented for every accident case. Talking to a lawyer can help you understand who is at fault and the possible justice that can be obtained.
Parking lot accidents are common, and in most cases people are not sure what to do or what their rights are. If you misstep, you could be blamed for something that was not your fault, or end up paying higher insurance premiums. So, if you’ve been in a parking lot accident and are not sure what to do, contact a legal representative who can assist you and make sure you get the justice that you deserve. Zuber Brioux has personal injury lawyers on hand to help you. Contact us today for a no-charge, no-obligation consultation.