Think about what you do in parking lots. You park your vehicle. For many, though, the parking lot is full of distractions and, as a result, potential risks.
According to the National Safety Council, one in five accidents occurs in parking lots and parking garages. Understanding more about the risks you face in a parking lot can help you stay safe. If you are injured due to a driver’s negligence in a parking lot, you may be able to file a claim to recover compensation.
Distraction is the leading cause of parking lot accidents
You know distracted driving is a no-no. However, when you enter a parking lot, you may think that since there are fewer vehicles, it’s the right time to check your phone, look in the mirror or engage in something else besides driving. The slower speeds also give drivers and pedestrians a false sense of security.
The distraction problem isn’t just for those driving, either. While this is a serious concern, pedestrians walking through the parking lot are often distracted too. If they have their head down, looking at their phone, there’s no way to see an oncoming car (with an equally distracted driver).
Devastating injuries and fatalities can occur in parking lots
Accidents have the potential to be just as deadly going five miles per hour as they are going 55 miles per hour. Pedestrians may be struck by a moving vehicle, which can lead to broken bones, internal injuries and more. Drivers may also strike parked vehicles or other stationary objects, causing property damage and injuries to themselves.
If you are injured in a parking lot because of a negligent driver, you may be able to file a claim to receive compensation. Knowing your legal rights is important to ensure you protect them through this process.