Of all the places where car accidents happen, the one that tops the list is parking lots. Yes, the very place where most cars are at a standstill is the very place where car accidents most often happen.
It’s simply the combination of the most concentration of cars in a spot, a road path that’s narrow and limited, and people are in a transition.
Distraction Is the Problem
It’s not surprising that the most number of incidents of parking lot accidents happen on Black Friday and throughout the holiday shopping season. Stress levels are high during these times, and individuals are often distracted due to other things on their minds.
Distraction is the key reason for parking lot accidents, as many people feel they are safe once entering a parking lot.
Common parking lot distractions include:
Using social media
Sending and receiving emails
You can summarize all the possible actions you can take to keep yourself away from any parking lot accident; stay alert.
And what does that mean?
It means first being aware you’re in a prime location for car accidents, and therefore, you’d want to take every precaution with your attention and driving safely.
This means staying in your lane and not cutting across into other lots and lanes. It means driving slowly and using directional signals. It means watching out on other cars and anticipating where they’d be going. It means obeying stop signs and no-parking signs.
And when you’re in your parking space, you’d want to be alert with other cars and pedestrians, watching for small children and parents walking with baby strollers.
Watch Out For These
Look around and watch out for low-lying objects like curbs, stray shopping carts, and loose objects on the road. And when you’re backing up, don’t just rely on technology. Look over your shoulder and use your mirrors. If you’re parking, pull through into the next vacant parking spot.
When in An Accident
If you do get into an accident, exchange insurance information as soon as everyone’s safe. That means name, address, phone number, the insurance company, policy number, driver’s license number, and license plate number. You'd want to get hold of your insurance as soon as possible.
Never openly admit fault even if you think you are, as doing so will do nothing but harm your chances of pursuing compensation for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to another’s negligence, you have the right to pursue compensation. Give our team at Suzuki Law Offices a call today (602) 842-6762 to learn more about how we can help you recover over a free consultation.