While parking lots are sometimes a gamble of finding the perfect spot, they can also be dangerous when it comes to pedestrians and other drivers. Parking lots tend to be where pedestrians are most in danger of getting hit by a car. Unlike trafficked roads where drivers are usually paying attention to what they’re doing, parking lot drivers tend to be distracted by the task that brought them to the parking lot.
How Should I Drive in a Parking Lot?
Here are some tips when it comes to safety while driving in a parking lot:
- Go slow. This may seem obvious but many drivers see empty-ish lots and drive well above the recommended 5-10 miles per hour. Even without numerous driving or parked cars, there could be a pedestrian you aren’t noticing.
- Follow all traffic signs. Stop signs are not there for decoration in parking lots. Likewise, take crosswalk signs much more seriously than you would on arterial roads. Pedestrians coming out of or going into shopping centers often are not paying too much attention to the cars on the road. When you see a crosswalk sign in a parking lot, it’s best to come to a complete stop and check before continuing.
- Use your turn signal. The close proximity of a bunch of cars in a parking lot makes for numerous car-on-car accidents, too. Use of a turn signal allows not only pedestrians to know your intentions but other vehicles as well.
- Check your mirrors. This applies especially when you are backing out of a parking space. Pedestrians are more often hit in parking lots by drivers that are not paying attention when they throw their car into reverse.
I’ve Been Hit in a Parking Lot
If there was significant damage to either your person or vehicle, you can still call the police and file a police report. Make sure you get any injuries checked out by a physician. If your injuries are affecting your daily life for even a few days after the collision, you may want to hire an attorney to help you through filing a claim and getting compensation. Experienced parking lot accident attorneys, like The Advocates, can help you throughout the process. Give us a call – our consultation is always free!