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Parking Lot Accidents Happen All the Time

Salerno & Leavitt Sept. 12, 2019

Car accidents are frightening, and they can lead to severe injuries. While most people associate car accidents with intersections and highways, they also commonly occur in parking lots. Some parking lot accidents can also lead to terrible injuries even though parking lots are associated with slower speeds.

Parking lot accidents are more common than you might think, and they can have devastating consequences. Here is what you need to know about parking lot accident injuries.

Why Are Parking Lots Dangerous?

Parking lots are dangerous for several reasons, one being that people often drive recklessly rather than carefully. People may speed through parking lots despite the high level of activity there. For example, people may speed despite the fact that a car could back out at any moment.

The dangers of parking lots are also demonstrated by the level of distraction people exhibit there. People may be pulling into the lot to talk on the phone or text, and some might be programming their GPS. While it is safer to do these things while parked, many people will drive distracted because they don't perceive parking lots to be dangerous.

What Types of Accidents Happen in Parking Lots?

Several types of accidents commonly occur in parking lots. The most common are backup accidents. For example, a driver may back out from a parking spot into the aisle and right into another vehicle. This vehicle might also be parked or perhaps driving down the aisle of the lot. Sometimes two drivers backing out at the same time hit each other without ever seeing each other.

Pulling through from one spot to another can also lead to a parking lot accident. One driver might pull through a spot and hit another vehicle turning into the spot or even a person walking across the parking space.

Another common accident occurs when one car is rear-ended by another. Perhaps the driver had to stop quickly because a car was backing out and the car behind them failed to stop in time.

Aggressive driving can also become a risk factor in these accidents. For example, a driver might see an empty space in a crowded lot and then aggressively turn in front of an oncoming vehicle, leading an accident.

Finally, pedestrians are also commonly hit in parking lots. These injuries can be especially dangerous for pedestrians because they can lead to falls, broken limbs, and even head injuries when they make impact with the ground.

How Do Insurance Companies Determine Fault in Parking Lot Accidents?

Parking lot accidents may seem complicated from the outside, but insurance companies typically treat parking lot accidents exactly in the same manner as accidents that occur on the road. Parking lots rely on many of the same right-of-way rules as the roads.

Pictures, video, and other evidence are helpful for insurance companies to accurately determine fault in any vehicle accident, and the circumstances themselves could also be slightly misleading for companies. A confusing or misleading circumstance like this is when you might need legal assistance.

What Can You Do After a Parking Lot Injury?

One of the first things you should do after you have been in a parking lot accident is seek medical treatment if you need it. Next, call your insurance company to report the accident. Compile evidence, including photos of your injuries and property damage. Then, reach out to a personal injury attorney to recoup your financial losses linked to your medical bills.

Salerno & Leavitt sees injuries linked to car accidents all the time, including those that happen in parking lots. We understand that you are in a stressful situation. Call us today to see what we can do for you.