PARKING LOT ACCIDENTS AN ALL TOO COMMON OCCURRENCE DURING HOLIDAYS
Unpredictable traffic patterns and distracted drivers cause thousands of parking lot accidents that cost consumers millions of dollars each year. While slower speed may give people a false sense of security, the reality is roads are more dangerous than ever, including parking lots. According to State Farm, parking lot accidents increase by 20 percent during the busy holiday season.
With people across the county hustling to get their Christmas shopping done in time, mall parking lots have become a zoo. Because of this, the risk of car accidents and pedestrian accidents in parking lots are higher during this time of the year. 1 in 5 accidents take place in a parking lot according to the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers Association, however, during the holiday season that number increases to 2 in 5 accidents because of the high volume of traffic and shoppers rushing in and out of stores.
How To Avoid A Parking Lot Accident
According to safety advocates, there are a few safety tips you should keep in mind to make sure your holiday shopping goes as smoothly as possible.
Watch for cars cutting diagonally across lots; drive slowly, keep inside the designated drive path and use your turn signal.
Be visible. When pulling into a parking lot or parking garage, make sure your car’s headlights are turned on to make sure other drivers can see your vehicle.
When backing out of a parking spot, be aware of waiting cars, others who are backing out at the same time and motorists who speed through lanes.
During the day, park away from buildings to reduce the chance of dings from other car doors or shopping carts and the likelihood of vandalism; but avoid secluded areas, especially at night.
Park in well-lit areas. If the lot is inadequately lit, complain to management. Retailers and parking-lot owners can be and have been held liable for personal injury in these cases.
Pay attention when you get out of your car to walk to the store. Use crosswalks and walkways when possible and look out for traffic and back-up lights.
Don’t wait for the perfect parking spot. Driving up and down lanes looking for the best spot only gets you frustrated and allows for more chances of hitting another car or having them hit you.
Comply with speed limit signs and stop signs.
The Most Common Causes Of Parking Lot Accidents
Drivers are often times busy looking for an open parking spot and don’t always notice pedestrians.
Most drivers will pull straight into a parking spot, which requires them to reverse out. Reversing creates more blind spots.
Traffic laws differ in parking lots so there tends to be more reckless behavior and confusion.
Parking lots are congested with pedestrians and vehicular traffic.
What The Carlson Law Firm Can Do To Help
Although parking lot accidents may seem less severe than collisions and accidents that occur on busier freeways and roads, they can still have serious repercussions. Unfortunately, even if you are as precautious as possible and follow every safety tip, you can still be a victim of an accident due to someone else who was negligent. The vulnerability of pedestrians and the unexpected nature of parking lot accidents can leave victims and their families with severe injuries and accompanying struggles.
In addition to parking lot collisions and crashes involving vehicles, parking lot slip and falls can also cause life-changing injuries.
If you or someone you love has endured life-changing injuries that have made it difficult to support yourself and your family financially and affected your quality of life, call our pedestrian accident lawyers at The Carlson Law Firm. The team at The Carlson Law Firm has the resources, experience, and passion for helping you and your loved ones focus on getting back on your feet while seeking fair compensation.