When was the last time you were in a parking lot? This morning? A few minutes ago?
It’s easy to become complacent in the places we visit most, but a serious car accident can happen anywhere. According to GNR Technologies (now MonsterSafety), there are thousands of parking lot collisions in the United States each year.
As is the case with most crashes, the vast majority of parking lot accidents are avoidable if drivers and pedestrians behave responsibly. This starts with understanding the main causes of parking lot crashes and how to prevent them.
If you were injured in a parking lot accident, a Montgomery personal-injury lawyer from Morris Bart & Associates, LLC can help you pursue compensation for lost income, health-care bills and noneconomic damages. Our legal team will evaluate your case, gather evidence, and aggressively represent your interests.
How to Avoid Parking Lot Accidents as a Pedestrian
Vehicles tend to move slowly in parking lots, but all it takes is one distracted driver to cause a tragic accident. Unfortunately, motorists tend to be less focused on their surroundings as they look for parking spaces.
Don’t assume that drivers can see them. They should treat parking lots like any other road – always giving vehicles the right of way until they are certain that it is safe to cross.
Use crosswalks when they are available, and never walk closely behind vehicles when the engine is running. It is safer to walk down parking lot aisles than in-between vehicles.
Pedestrians should also avoid dangerous areas such as loading docks and delivery entrances, where drivers are likely to be distracted or unable to see people approaching.
Finally, poor weather can create slip and fall hazards in parking lots. Be particularly cautious when walking through snow, ice or puddles.
How to Avoid Parking Lot Accidents as a Driver
In most cases, it is easier and safer to find a parking spot farther away from the entrance to a building. There are usually fewer pedestrians and less vehicle traffic.
Accidents in parking lots are more likely to occur when reversing. If possible, limit the distance you back up in a parking lot. Try to reverse into your parking space so it is easier and safer to exit.
Drivers should also reduce their speed. Travelling faster than 10 miles per hour is unsafe in most parking lots.
Motorists should be particularly cautious in small parking garages. Vehicles or pedestrians may unexpectedly appear around corners.
If you were injured due to another motorist’s negligence in a parking lot, contact a Montgomery personal-injury attorney from Morris Bart & Associates, LLC. We have been protecting the rights of the injured for more than three decades.
Our legal team will give your case the individual attention that it deserves. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.