Hectic Schedules and Last-Minute Shopping Create Risks for Parking Lot Crashes
With less daylight, more shopping activity, and chaotic personal schedules, the holidays create a perfect storm for pedestrian accidents, especially in parking lots. Time is short, tensions are high, and people are prone to make poor judgment calls that trigger crashes.
According to State Farm, parking lot accidents increase by around 20% during the holiday season. Here at Crosley Law Firm, we have handled several cases where pedestrians were injured by careless drivers, and we brought them all the way to trial. In one, a driver of an SUV turned left down a parking lot aisle and ran over our client. In another, a driver fiddling with his radio crashed into a pedestrian in a parking lot and caused a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).
“According to State Farm, parking lot accidents increase by around 20% during the holiday season.”
But it’s not just pedestrians who are at risk. In another case we brought to trial, a motorcycle driver was patiently waiting for a parking spot, and another driver backed over him as they raced out of their spot.
In these cases, and more, the at-fault drivers claimed that they simply never saw the pedestrians. So, please be extra cautious while you’re out doing your holiday shopping — and throughout the year — to lower your risk of getting involved in a dangerous parking lot crash.
In this article, we’ll talk about what to look out for as you travel through busy lots during the holiday season, both as a pedestrian and a driver. We’ll also explain what you can do if you are injured by a careless driver in a parking lot.
Parking Lot Driving Tips for Holiday Shoppers
While driving through busy parking lots, keep the following points in mind to help you avoid causing or becoming the victim of an accident.
- Don’t drive distracted in parking lots. Because driving speeds are slower in parking lots, too many people assume that it’s okay to text, fiddle with the radio, or even browse the internet on their phones. With more pedestrians and fewer traffic signs and signals, parking lots are dangerous places to drive distracted, especially during the holiday rush.
- Minimize distractions while you’re on the road. Ignore that text about an upcoming holiday party. Getting in an accident isn’t worth it. Instead, be patient and wait a few minutes to respond to a text message or phone call when you’re parked and safe.
- Don’t obsess over the perfect parking spot. The more time you spend driving up and down lanes looking for the best spot (and the more frustrated you get), the more chances you have of hitting a pedestrian or having another car hit you.
Parking Lot Tips for Pedestrians
Once you park and exit your vehicle, you still need to stay cautious until you’re safely in the store. As a pedestrian, you become harder for cars to see. And you are significantly more vulnerable to injury. Follow these tips to stay safe while traveling through hectic holiday parking lots.
- Be quick and efficient. Don’t stand beside your car texting or digging through your pockets or purse. Have what you need ready to go so you can minimize the amount of time spent in the lot.
- Be predictable. Remember to stay where cars can see you and cross at designated pedestrian crosswalks. Don’t walk through parking spots, jaywalk, or weave between parked cars any more than is necessary.
- Consider leaving the kids at home. Young children may enjoy all the lights and toys, but if possible, avoid bringing them holiday shopping. You’ll be less distracted and will spend less time in the middle of the parking lot dealing with car seats, dropped toys, and tantrums. And you won’t have to worry about keeping your children from darting out in front of an already frazzled driver.
- Minimize distractions. Drivers shouldn’t be distracted, and neither should pedestrians. If you’re looking at your phone, then you’re not staying aware of your surroundings, and you won’t be able to react in time to hazards.
Unfortunately, even if you follow every safety tip and behave as carefully as possible, you can still fall victim to an accident due to someone else’s careless and negligent behavior. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car crash, Crosley Law Firm is here for you.
“If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car crash, Crosley Law Firm is here for you. “
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Green, M. (2016, December 2). Parking lot accidents on the rise during holiday season. WXFL Fox 31. Retrieved from http://wfxl.com/news/local/parking-lot-accidents-on-the-rise-during-holiday-season
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