Accidents happen, sometimes even when we’re not around. We all know the usual routine when there is an accident. You assess the damage, exchange information with the other driver, and alert the police if there is any noticeable damage. However, what if you are not there when the accident occurs? The driver may leave a note with their information, but some may try to drive off to avoid consequences. What should you do if this is the case?
What to do When Someone Hits Your Parked Car
1. Exchange Information
If the other driver is there, or if they left a note, exchange information with the other driver so your insurance companies can work together to cover the damage. If there is no sign of the driver, ask people in the area if anyone saw the accident, and get contact information for any witnesses.
2. Document the Damage
When things happen, the first step is to document it. Take photos of the damage, take notes on witness statements, and if there aren’t any witnesses, ask a business nearby if they have any security cameras. This way, you can get a complete picture of what happened. If you cannot find a witness or camera footage, still take photos of the damage at the scene.
3. Call the Police
In addition to documentation, the next step is to inform the police. In any accident, if there is any noticeable damage, the police should be informed. By contacting the police, you ensure that there is a report of the incident, and in cases where the other driver fled the scene, the police may have access to additional resources to help track down the other driver.
4. Contact Your Insurance Company
You will also need to talk to your insurance agent, who will provide more information on how repairs will be covered. If the offender is identified, they will most likely be held liable for the damage. However, if the driver cannot be identified, the damage may be covered by policies that protect for accidents involving uninsured drivers will also cover.
Accidents happen, and that’s okay. Next time someone hits your car, take a deep breath and follow these steps. After following each of these steps, bring your vehicle to Eustis Body Shop, and we’ll have it looking good as new in no time. Our experts can help you with auto body and collision repair, glass repair and replacement, paintless dent repair, and 24/7 towing services.