DOES A PARKING LOT ACCIDENT GO ON YOUR DRIVING RECORD?

Does a parking lot accident go on your driving record? This is a question that we are asked from time to time. And the answer is actually complicated. In most cases, no, it would not affect your driving record. And here is why. If we went to the local grocery store and two vehicles parked, and for whatever reason, while navigating into that parking spot, there was an accident.

Both insurance companies for both vehicles would likely be involved. Parties would exchange information. And there would be two adjusters from each insurance company that would decide and attribute fault and decide on what proportion of the bill would be afforded to either company. If the one car was parked, for example, obviously the driving or vehicle in motion would be the at fault vehicle and they would be picking up the bill for the damage that was caused.

If the driving of another driver in that same parking lot was driving at high speed making abrupt turns while members of the public were crossing their cars, crossing the road, and public was at risk, well then there would be charges and obviously those charges would be quite serious. And those charges most likely would be under the criminal code and if charged under the criminal.code, The fact that it happened in an accident, or it happened in a parking lot, does not give any particular immunity. If a judge heard that the driving was that bad, and a judge was convinced that it was, say, dangerous driving, there would be a conviction. So, if there was a conviction for that, yes, then indeed, that would go on your driving record.

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