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Can parking lots be as dangerous as the roads?

On Behalf of | Dec 13, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Some people breathe a sigh of relief when they turn into the parking lot of their destination. They’re happy they made it there and may feel like they’re now safer than they were on the road. While it’s true that traffic in a parking lot isn’t usually moving as fast as on the road, this can still be the site of a serious crash.

There are some risks that occur in parking lots. For example, a driver’s line of sight might be obstructed by other vehicles or displays. Delivery trucks, including box trucks and armored vehicles, may come through the parking lot. Even at slower speeds, those vehicles can cause significant damage to another car.

What else causes parking lots to be dangerous?

Drivers in parking lots might be distracted. This could be from them trying to set up their GPS as they leave or trying to buckle a seat belt. Phones, other passengers and even keeping their eye out for a desirable parking spot can lead to them being too distracted to drive safely.

Parking lots may not have proper signage, so drivers have to try and anticipate the actions of others. Pedestrians can also complicate matters as they navigate through the parking lot. All of these factors mean that crashes in parking lots may occur.

If you’re struck by another vehicle, you must ensure that you have a medical evaluation to determine what injuries you’ve suffered. Crashes that are the result of negligence or recklessness by a driver may lead to a personal injury claim. This is your opportunity to seek compensation for the expenses you’re dealing with because of the wreck. 

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