Although distracted driving is often associated with highway travel, it is also prevalent in parking lots. As many as two-thirds of drivers admit to being distracted while driving in parking lots, according to a survey conducted by the National Safety Council (NSC).
The NSC survey revealed that 66 percent of drivers admit they have made phone calls while driving in parking lots, while 56 percent have texted. Drivers who were surveyed also reported engaging in other distracting acts like programming GPS systems, emailing, taking photos, video chatting, and using social media while driving in parking lots.
Each year, more than 50,000 accidents occur in parking lots and garages, resulting in more than 500 fatalities and more than 60,000 injuries.
While distracted motorists present a large danger, distracted walking has also become a significant safety issue. From 2001 to 2011, more than 11,000 pedestrians sustained serious injuries when distracted by their cellphones.
With the holiday shopping season in full swing, the NSC is urging both motorists and pedestrians to be aware of their surroundings when moving through parking lots. The NSC is reminding everyone that, while parking lots require lower speeds, that does not guarantee a safer environment.
The NSC also recommends drivers use vehicle driver-assistance systems, such as backup cameras and projected displays to eliminate distractions.
If you were involved in an accident with a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The Sacramento car accident attorneys at the Arnold Law Firm will provide you with a free, no obligation consultation to review your claim and determine if you are entitled to compensation.
Our personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis and will charge you no fees unless we recover funds for you.