Parking lot is a stuffy and tensed zone. People often tend to get irritated if there is no proper procedure of movement being followed in the parking zones.
Thus, lack of management as well as maintenance of rules and regulations invites troubles, fights, and accidents.
There are numerous cases of collision especially in the parking lot. Be it the mall, plaza, schools, colleges or the residential buildings, parking lots have always been the ground for conflicts and misunderstandings.
These conflicts majorly arise due to improper knowledge and understanding of people with respect to the basic rules and terminologies. It is particularly important for you to comprehend the circumstances and details of every collision in the parking zone. This will ensure a no fuss situation when you come across such conflicts.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ONE CAR HITS ANOTHER?
In case of a car hit or bump, a lot of conditions are to be taken under consideration.
Firstly, the movement status of both the cars is considered. Among the bumped vehicles, if one is in the moving state and the other is stagnant or parked, then all the fault is put on the driver of the moving vehicle.
The driving vehicle owner will then be held responsible for the act.
Moreover, if the driver fails to obey any stop sign in the parking lot and bumps into any stop signal or barrier, then too the driver is considered at fault.
Similarly, if a moving vehicle bumps into any board, signal, wall, or neighbouring vehicle, then the fault is considered to be of the driver.
In a case where the driver tries to speed up beyond the parking lot regulations will also be held at fault.
THE RIGHT-OF-WAY ANGLE
In some cases, both the cars are in the moving state. Usually every car or vehicle has the right-of-way depending upon the traffic regulations applied in that situation.
When moving cars hit each other, usually one car has the right-of-way. Consequently, the car disobeying or not following the right-of-way is held responsible and guilty for the bumping accident.
Sometimes, both the drivers drive in different directions and bump into each other. In these cases, both the drivers fail to obey the right- of -way. As a result, both the drivers are held equally guilty and at fault.
IF TWO VEHICLES EYE THE SAME SPOT!
Parking spot indeed are golden spots for all drivers. It is quite tough to search for a perfect parking place. Hence, finding a good spot for parking is the sweet dream of every driving individual.
Many-a-times it so happens that two or more drivers eye for the same parking spot.
They often drive towards the same point and tend to collide with each other. In this case, both the drivers are equally at fault. In case of insurance too, both the drivers’ fault is equally taken into consideration. The fault can be directed at one person if there are minute exceptions in the case.
In exceptions like one driver deliberately trying to turn on the spot or is hastily not following the rules, the driver will be charged and be responsible for the accident.
WHO IS AT FAULT WHEN YOU COLLIDE WITH A MOVING TRAFFIC VEHICLE?
Consider a case where the driver is just about to move outside the parking lot into the zone of moving traffic. At such times, if the driver collides or bumps with a vehicle in the outside traffic, then the car moving out of the parking lot is considered to be at fault.
This is because it is expected out of the driver to have accurately assessed the traffic pre-hand before speeding up into it.
Hence, while driving out of your parking spot into the outer lanes, it is super important for you as the driver to check for any surrounding vehicles.
Vehicles running on the main lane of the street usually have the right of way. Hence, if you are driving out of your parking lot place into the moving lane, then you need to consider the movements of the ongoing vehicles before barging in.
However, there is indeed an exception to this rule. If the driver of the vehicle moving in traffic is speeding up unethically and makes wrong turns or even disobeys any traffic rule at that point, then no doubt that driver will be held responsible and at fault.
PREVENT IT WHILE YOU CAN!
Prevention is always better than cure. Hence, instead of indulging into legal proceedings and fighting, you must try your best to prevent these mishaps.
- Know all the regulations pre-hand and abide by the parking laws.
- Pay attention and keep an eye on your rear and side view mirrors. By doing so, you will have a thorough view of all spaces surrounding your vehicle.
- Install a back camera that will help you assess the parking through a screen view.
- You must use the turning signals and horns properly before making a turn or shift.
- Do not speed up in parking lots. Keep yourself alert throughout the parking process.
- Avoid sudden jerks or movements and let your surrounding drivers know your intention.
WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE DETAILS?
You are answerable to the car insurance officials! It is extremely important to know who is at fault when a conflict or collision occurs in your parking lot.
The is because there are different car insurance policies in different situations. If you are guilty and at fault, then there is a different proceeding attached to the insurance. However, if you are not at fault and need damage control to your vehicle you need to follow different steps.
As a result, if you are not at fault, then you do not deserve to bear the loses. To avoid being exploited by the guilty party and insurance frauds, you need to have full knowledge of how proceedings work in different cases.
Know the rules and conditions thoroughly to have a smooth conflict resolution process.
After all, ‘Knowledge is Power!’