Near-misses, getting cut off and searching for a spot – parking lots are chaotic danger zones. What most people don’t realize is that parking lots are dangerous for both drivers and pedestrians.
Car wrecks often result in severe injuries. Even a minor incident in a parking lot can lead to dealing with injuries and insurance claims. Leaving the scene of a collision could lead to criminal charges.
Even though cars are traveling at lower speeds, accidents in parking lots can be devastating. Speed is another factor. Many drivers are guilty of speeding while turning corners or ramps. Unfortunately, a large number of parking lot accidents are also hit-and-run collisions.
Sometimes back and neck injuries don’t become painful until days after the collision. This is why you should seek medical attention immediately following an accident, even in cases when you think your injury is minor.
Another big issue in parking lots: distracted drivers. Think about it. How many times have you checked your phone, reached in the backseat for something because you aren’t on a main road or highway? Distracted driving occurs any time you take your eyes off the road, and it increases your chances of having a car wreck.
- If you’ve been involved in a parking lot accident, remember to remain calm and call for help.
- Call law enforcement for assistance and to report the accident.
- Get contact information from the police officer who arrives in case a police report is not filed.