When people think about car accidents, they often imagine multi-car pileups on the highway or rear-end accidents at intersections. However, there is another place where accidents frequently occur: parking lots.
Drivers are often reckless in parking lots, increasing the risk of accidents. Below, learn more about some of the dangerous behaviors in parking lots, common accidents and how to avoid them.
If you are injured in a parking lot accident, contact one of the experienced Sacramento car accident lawyers at the Arnold Law Firm to discuss your possible legal options.
A National Safety Council survey from 2016 revealed that two-thirds of drivers admitted to being distracted while driving in parking lots. Common distracted driving practices in parking lots include:
Additionally, drivers might speed, because they are frustrated about not being able to find a convenient parking spot.
There are many different types of parking lot accidents, including:
While there are risks with driving in a parking lot, many accidents can be avoided by employing safe-driving tips, such as:
Move through parking lots slowly and obey any posted speed limits. Look out for potential dangers, such as vehicles emerging from parking spots, people walking, or children darting out. Driving slowly will allow you to brake or take other actions to prevent an accident.
Park in a spot that is safer to emerge from, such as one that is further away from other vehicles or one that will allow you to move forward out of the spot instead of backing up. This way you can see what is in front of you and if any cars are coming. Center your vehicle in between the space so that you can pull out at a straight angle.
Avoid distractions like cellphones, GPS systems, playing music, or talking to other passengers while navigating a parking lot. Always stay focused on your surroundings. You can have a phone conversation or talk to passengers once you park or after exiting your vehicle.
Let other motorists know your intentions. Use turn signals when you are planning to move into a parking space. This can alert other drivers of your plan to move into a space so they will slow down or go around you.
When backing out of a parking space, do not rely only on your rearview mirrors or backup cameras. Turn your head to look behind and to the sides of your vehicle. If you are surrounded by larger vehicles, like trucks or SUVs, back up slowly, so you can check if it is safe to proceed.
If you were hit by a reckless driver in a parking lot, it is important that you understand your rights and options for pursuing compensation for your damages. A personal injury lawyer can talk with you about your claim and how you can recover compensation for your injuries, vehicle damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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