Busy parking lots that are full of pedestrians and traffic in every direction are a hot spot for car accidents. When a parking lot accident does occur, who is at fault?
The answer is usually based on who had the right-of-way. Below, learn more about the right-of-way when a driver is backing out of a parking spot.
If you were injured in a parking lot accident, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our legal team and learn what options may be available to pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Parking lots are made up of two types of roadways. Thoroughfares are typically lanes that exit onto a roadway. These are the main lanes through a parking lot and are usually wider than feeder lanes. Feeder lanes usually start at one thoroughfare and end at another. Feeder lanes are typically not as wide as thoroughfares.
Several factors determine right-of-way and who is at fault for a parking lot accident:
If a driver backs out of a parking space and hits another vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist, they are typically at fault for the accident. Their vehicle was not already in the flow of traffic; therefore, they did not have the right-of-way.
However, there can be exceptions where a driver backing out of a parking space would not be at fault for a collision. If another driver disobeyed a posted traffic sign, they may be held liable for the accident.
Parking lots are hectic places with obstructed visibility. Several types of car accidents are common in parking lots, including:
To avoid parking lot accidents, be cautious and follow these best practices:
If you were injured in a parking lot collision, the Sacramento car accident lawyers at the Arnold Law Firm are available to discuss possible legal options.
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