Parking lot accidents are a lot more common than most people realize – which is a fact that contributes to increased accidents. When you go to a store or place of business, the last thing you expect is to become involved in an accident in the parking lot. However, EHS Today estimates there are 50,000 parking lot accidents each year. More than 60,000 injuries occur out of those accidents.
Distracted driving and speeding are among the main culprits when it comes to parking lot accidents. If you have ever visited a busy parking lot, you will have likely witnessed other drivers vying for spaces or pulling out without checking blind spots. These incidents are common, despite many parking lots having well-positioned and clear traffic signs to help control the flow of vehicles.
Parking lot accidents can result in a number of injuries, and around 500 fatalities occur each year. Injuries range from whiplash to broken bones and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Drivers, passengers and pedestrians are at risk of becoming involved in parking lot accidents and suffering potentially serious injuries.
Common Parking Lot Accidents
Parking lot accidents can happen while in a vehicle or on foot. Common examples of parking lot accidents involving vehicles include:
- Cars backing up at the same time and colliding into each other
- Drivers pulling out of a space into the path of an oncoming vehicle without looking
- Two cars racing to capture a space and becoming involved in a collision
- A stationary vehicle at a stop sign getting rear ended by a distracted driver
While there are typically safety measures in place to protect pedestrians, parking lot accidents can still occur. Some common parking lot accidents involving pedestrians include:
- Slips, trips, and falls over hazards or obstacles
- Accidents involving ice or snow
- Altercations with other pedestrians
- Crowd-related accidents
- Drivers hitting pedestrians in parking lot lanes
Premises Liability in Parking Lot Accidents
The question of premises liability in parking lot accidents may arise when the incident could have been avoided with maintenance or proper safeguards for visitors. For instance, if there is a lack of traffic control in a parking lot, it may result in otherwise avoidable accidents and injuries. Poorly maintained parking lots can also result in trips, slips or falls. The owner or operator of a parking lot has a responsibility to ensure that invitees are safe and made aware of any potential hazards.
If you have been involved in a parking lot accident, contacting a personal injury lawyer is advisable. The injured party should not have to bear the cost of medical bills and repair costs if he or she was not responsible for the accident. A personal injury lawyer can help you build a case for compensation and represent you in all legal matters related to your claim.For further advice on parking lot accidents and fighting for the compensation that you deserve, reach out to H. Lehman Franklin, P.C. at 912-764-9616 or via email at email@example.com today.