How to Handle Auto Accidents on Private Property
In the unfortunate circumstance that you might be involved in an accident on the road, we’ve provided information on what to do next. Drivers will exchange information, report the accident to the police and your insurance company, and take pictures of the scene—and, of course, call a lawyer. However, auto accidents on private property are not always so clear.
Remember These Steps
- Is Everyone Okay?: As always, personal safety should be the first step. Make sure everyone is uninjured, and if emergency services are need, call an ambulance.
- Report the Accident: The police and your insurance company should always be called to report an accident. While the police generally do not have the jurisdiction to determine who is at fault when an accident occurs on private property, the report they file will document the scene, and is usually needed for an insurance claim.
- Contact the Property Owner: When an accident occurs on private property, getting in contact with the property owner can be beneficial. They can provide security footage, incident reports, or other details.
- Contact a Lawyer: You will want the expertise of an attorney to guide you through the legal steps of the process.
Who is at Fault?
When an accident occurs on private property, it can be hard to determine who is at fault. While either one or both of the drivers can be held liable, sometimes the property owner can also be at fault. This happens particularly in the case when the owner’s property creates hazardous conditions.
However, fault does not always on the property owner. Drivers are expected to be cautious and responsible when driving on private property. It is always best to contact an attorney, such as Jenkins Block & Associates as they will be able to help you determine fault, and to help you with your insurance claim.
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When choosing an attorney to guide you through the process of an auto accident claim, it’s important to hire an individual experienced with the relevant laws. Consulting an individual who has insight on the auto accident claims process will prove to be extremely valuable in the long run, especially when questions arise or uncertainty on how to proceed.
Before trying to represent yourself in an auto accident claim, contact our office to make sure you understand the law and process. Protect yourself, know your rights: call us and Get JBA First!
Jenkins Block & Associates has 40+ years of experience in successful auto accident cases in Maryland & Virginia, in addition to being a member of The National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives. Call us at 1-800-243-2439 or contact us online to learn more about auto accident representation and guidance!