Car park slip compensation claims

Updated: October 8, 2018


Land that the public can use as a car park may be privately owned (for example a pub car park), or publicly owned (municipal car park). Drivers of vehicles should be insured to drive on any such publicly accessible land, even where it is privately owned.

When a road traffic accident occurs in a private car park, the parties involved should stop and exchange details. Any claims then made would be through the insurers.

If the other party is away from the vehicle details should be left before leaving the scene so that driver can make contact later.

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Do I have a claim for a slip in a car park?

If you were injured in a slip in a car park in the last three years (longer if children were involved) and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.

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Should the police be involved?

In general, accidents in car parks tend to be low-speed incidents and people are unlikely to be injured. Therefore the police are seldom required to attend.

It may be worth reporting to the police (within 24 hours) if there is likely to be dispute over who was to blame for the incident in case the other party decides to file a claim at a later date.

If the other driver has no insurance then the police should be informed. It may be possible to claim for damages through the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB).

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What if an injury has been caused?

When an accident in a car park has caused injury the police must attend. They will carry out investigations into the causes of the accident and compile a report. This will be needed for any personal injury compensation claim.

Photographs of the incident should be taken where possible, and details of any witnesses. Private car parks may also have CCTV footage.

It is important to seek medical attention for any injuries sustained as a medical report will be required should a claim be brought for compensation.

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What happens when the other driver has left without leaving any details?

If a vehicle was damaged by an unknown party whilst the Claimant was not at the scene then the Claimant may have to claim through his own insurance, potentially increasing the premiums.

It may be possible to claim for either personal injury compensation, or for damage to personal property through the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB) Untraced Drivers' Agreement.

The Claimant must make a formal report of the incident to the police; within 14 days if injury has been sustained, or within 5 days for damage to property.

If there were any witnesses, any details may help to identify the driver or vehicle involved. Photographs of the damage and location should be taken.

The Claimant should also report the accident to his own insurers who may be able to trace the other party or his insurers.

If the driver is traced but has no insurance then a claim may be made through the MIB's Uninsured Drivers' Agreement.

Any claims to the MIB must be made within 9 months of the accident date for property damage, or 3 years for personal injury.

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Road traffic accident claims

Every year almost 200,000* people are injured on Britain's roads. If you have been injured in a road accident that was not your fault, you can claim compensation.

Find out more about claiming compensation for a road accident: Read more about road accident claims

*Source: Official Department of Transport statistics (

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