What to Do When Someone Hits Your Parked Car

Fender Bender on a Parked Car

Every year, tens of thousands of car accidents occur in parking garages and parking lots, resulting in thousands of personal injuries and hundreds of deaths. So, when someone hits your parked car, it can be an aggravating experience.

Fortunately, there are things that you can do to respond quickly and minimize frustration. While being the victim of a parked car accident can be stressful, you have rights. Taking the time to learn more about what to do after someone hits your car, from our Nevada car accident attorneys can help you receive fair compensation and minimize the hassles.

What do I do when someone hits my parked car?

When someone hits your parked car, there are specific steps you should follow just like any other car accident, including:

  • Call the police. You need to report the accident and file a police report, regardless of whether the driver is still there or if it was a hit-and-run accident.
  • Seek medical treatment. If you were in your parked car when it was hit, and were injured, have your injuries treated, even if they seem minor.
  • Get the contact details of any witnesses. Witnesses can be useful, especially in hit-and-runs. They may have noted the license plate or vehicle details that can help the police find the suspect.
  • Get the contact details of the person who hit you. Be sure to get the name, phone number, and insurance information from the other driver.
  • Take pictures of the damage. If you are not seriously injured, take pictures from all different angles. It is also beneficial to take a picture of the road in the direction the driver came from before they hit you.
  • Record any relevant details. Write down or record a verbal memo on your phone that includes the date and time of the accident and the weather conditions.
  • Look around for traffic cameras or video cameras. Take a moment to document whether there are any cameras that may have recorded the accident.
  • Notify your insurance company of the accident. Your insurance may have to cover damages to your vehicle and any medical payments for injuries, especially in a hit-and-run accident.
  • Contact a car accident injury lawyer. If you were physically injured, even if it seems minor, getting solid legal advice from a car accident injury lawyer with a free consultation never hurts.

What happens after someone hits my parked car?

After someone hits your parked car, the police will get details about the accident and create a report. If the other driver does not flee the scene, they will document what occurred and that the other driver was at fault.

If the other driver leaves the scene, the police will obtain as much information as possible from you and any witnesses. If there are any traffic cameras around, they will retrieve video data to see if the accident was recorded and get relevant details about the driver, like the vehicle’s make, model, and license plate number.

In Nevada, you can claim compensation from the other driver if they did not flee the scene or if the police catch them if they did flee. You can file a claim against their insurance for property damage and personal injuries. However, if you were seriously injured, getting assistance from an experienced personal injury attorney is recommended to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

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Do I have to pay if someone hits my parked car?

In at-fault car accident states like Nevada, you shouldn’t have to pay if someone hits your parked car. If someone hits your parked car, whether you have to pay depends on the circumstance of the accident and the type of insurance coverage you have.

For example, the other driver does not have car insurance or fled the scene, and the police cannot locate them. In this case, you would file your accident claim against your insurance. If you have full coverage or uninsured motorist coverage, then your losses should be covered minus any applicable deductibles.

Any losses above your coverage limits may require you to pay those costs out of your pocket. Furthermore, if you sustained injuries, you can file a personal injury claim against the other driver and their insurance company.

Can I sue when someone hits my parked car in Nevada?

Yes, you can sue someone for hitting your parked car in Nevada. Nevada law allows the victim of a parked car accident to bring a claim against the responsible driver for their damages. Hitting a parked car in Nevada is a tort, which is an act that causes injury or harm to another.

If you were illegally parked or otherwise creating a danger with your parked car, the other party might have a defense to the claim. However, generally, you can sue someone for hitting your parked car in Nevada.

What do I do if someone hits my parked car and does not leave a note?

man on phone in front of car accident

If someone hits your parked car and doesn’t leave a note, you should call the police. The person may be charged with a hit-and-run, and the police can document the accident for your insurance.

You should tell your insurer about the damage immediately and bring a claim for payment. Take photos of the damage before making repairs, and take notes of what you observed of the circumstances surrounding the damage to your vehicle.

What happens if I hit a car and drove off?

If you hit a parked car and leave the scene, you may be charged with a hit-and-run. In Nevada, the law requires everyone to call the police when they are in a car accident, whether they hit a bicyclist, pedestrian, or another vehicle, even when it is parked.

If you leave the scene and the police identify you, you may face misdemeanor charges. If someone is hurt or killed in the parked car accident, you may face felony charges.

How do I get compensation if someone hits my parked car and drives off?

If someone hits your parked car and drives off, you may still receive compensation through your own insurance company. The insurance company may process the claim as though the driver is uninsured or underinsured. This is why it is essential to follow the steps we mentioned previously.

The police can investigate to find the responsible driver. If they do, the driver may face criminal charges. You may also seek financial compensation for personal injuries and any damage to your vehicle. However, to receive compensation, you must call the police and notify your insurance company without delay.

What if someone unknowingly hits a parked car?

You would still follow the same process as you would in a hit-and-run accident. Should the police find the responsible party, they may not face criminal charges if they honestly did not know they hit your car. However, they would still be liable for any damages you sustained.

Nevada Parked Car Accidents Summary

  • Hitting a parked car in Nevada is still a car accident like any other car accident.
  • State law NRS 484E.050 requires the responsible party not to leave the scene and to call the police, even if the other driver is not present.
  • The other driver should make every effort to notify the owner of the parked car.
  • The owner of the parked car has the right to see compensation for damages to their vehicle, as well as any personal injuries sustained as a result of the accident.
  • To file a claim for damages, you would file against the other driver’s insurance. However, if they fled the scene, then you would file the claim against your insurance.
  • For personal injury claims, speaking to a car accident attorney is highly recommended before filing your claim.
  • When the driver leaves the scene of the accident, or if they don’t have mandatory minimum insurance coverage, you should always call the police.

When is the right time to call a Las Vegas car accident attorney for a parked car accident?

Gavel and two toy cars in accident

Suppose someone hits your car, and you are injured in the process. Then, you should call Adam S. Kutner and speak to our Las Vegas car accident attorneys immediately after seeking medical treatment for your injuries. It is also beneficial to talk to an attorney if you have questions about filing a parked car accident claim with your insurance or the other driver’s insurance.

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Sources:

Distraction Can Often Lead to Parking Lot Injuries. (2022).

NRS 484E.050. (2022).

When You Should Seek Medical Care After an Auto Accident. (2020).

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