The only good news about someone hitting your car while it’s parked is that, hopefully, you aren’t inside the vehicle at the time of impact and therefore don’t have to worry about physical injuries. Financial damages, on the other hand, are a different story. If someone has hit your parked car in Massachusetts, it’s important that you understand your rights and options for recovery. At the office of Tetzel Law, our experienced car accident attorney can help. Call today for your free consultation. 

Steps to Take if Your Parked Vehicle Is Involved in an Accident

In order to recover the damages to which you’re entitled after an accident involving your stationary vehicle, it’s important that you take certain actions as soon as possible. Steps to take include:

  • Document damage immediately. If the situation doesn’t warrant emergency services (i.e. no one is injured), then the first thing that you may want to do is to take photos of the damage. This can help to document any damages for which you may seek recovery, as well as document the time and place of the accident.
  • Look for a note. Hopefully, the driver who hit you left a note or stayed at the scene of the accident. If this is the case, be sure to record the name and information of the person responsible in a place where you won’t lose it.
  • Call the police. Depending on where the accident occurs and the level of damage, calling the police immediately and filing an accident report may be both prudent and necessary for recovering compensation. At the very least, call the non-emergency police to file a report. 
  • Call your insurance company. Finally, you’ll want to call your insurance company to provide notice of the accident and to file a claim as soon as possible. If you have the information of the responsible driver, provide this information to your insurance company. If the other driver cannot be located, your own policy’s uninsured/underinsured coverage should kick in. 

Penalties for the Responsible Driver: Criminal & Civil

If another driver hits you, they could potentially face civil and criminal penalties. In addition to being held liable for your damages (civil), they could face traffic charges. If the accident was a hit-and-run, they could face charges for leaving the scene of an accident. 

Protect Your Rights — Contact a Car Accident Attorney Today 

Knowing your rights when you’re the victim of a car accident can be confusing, and if the accident was a hit-and-run, it can be even more complex. At the office of Tetzel Law, our experienced Massachusetts car accident attorney will advocate for you. Attorney Paul Tetzel can review your case free of charge, work to locate the responsible driver, calculate your damages, and negotiate a settlement. To learn more, call (617) 742-1700 directly or use the intake form on our website to request your free consultation.