Parking lots may seem easy to navigate through, but the truth is that many accidents happen in parking lots, and they happen more often than you think. More than 50,000 crashes happen in parking lots every year. These accidents result in more than 500 fatalities and 60,000 injuries.
Why are so many accidents happening in parking lots? First of all, parking lots are often congested. With so many vehicles together in tight spaces, combined with pedestrians, accidents are bound to occur.
In addition, motorists and pedestrians feel a false sense of security. Drivers are going more slowly, so pedestrians feel more comfortable walking out in front of cars and assuming that the drivers will see them and stop. However, this is not always the case.
Crashes are also common because there are a lot of cars backing up. Sometimes there are drivers rushing to get a parking spot while cars are traveling in reverse, and this can cause serious crashes to occur.
Traffic laws often are not enforced in parking lots. There may not be stop signs or speed limit signs, which can cause motorists to drive recklessly. They may speed or fail to yield the right of way. With so many vehicles at once, this can cause confusion and accidents.
Another thing to consider is that motorists are more likely to get distracted while traveling at slower speeds. They may text, email, make phone calls, use their GPS, take photos, apply makeup or eat. All of these activities cause the driver to take their eyes off the road. This can cause the driver to not notice the car or pedestrian in front of them.
Given that motorists must drive slowly in parking lots, the injuries tend to be minor. Still, fatalities do occur. Parking lot accidents are most common during the holiday, starting on Black Friday and continuing to the end of the year.
New York Pedestrian Injuries
Pedestrian injuries in parking lots do not always involve accidents with cars. Sometimes the parking lots themselves are to blame. For example, slips and falls are common in parking lots. These accidents are often caused by ice, puddles, cracks, potholes, and debris in the road. Poor lighting is also an issue, especially when a person is traveling in a parking lot at night or in the early morning.
In these cases, there may be someone at fault besides the injured party. There are liability issues to consider. The victim may be able to file a claim with the store or the owner of the parking lot.
Contact a New York Car Accident Attorney Today
Many car accidents occur in parking lots and while most are minor, given the low speeds involved, some can result in serious injuries. There are also issues of liability to consider since there is not always a clear fault.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries from a parking lot crash, seek help from the New York car accident attorney at the law office of Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. He can assess your case and determine liability. For a free consultation, fill out the online form or call (212) 518-2095.