Accidents happen when you least expect them. And in case of automobile accidents, they happen where you least expect them: The parking lot. And you might be surprised to know that the parking lot is actually a frequent flyer when it comes to accidents. Here is everything you need to know about how they happen, how to avoid them, and what to do if you get into one.
How do accidents happen?
Well how does pretty much every accident happen? When someone is not paying attention. The parking lot is a place where about two out of three drivers are distracted. That’s about 67% of drivers who are not paying attention on the road. It is a wonder how accidents don’t happen more, but I suppose we have the great human intellect to thank for that, fortunately.
The root cause of distraction which leads to a high rate of accidents in parking lots is of course: cell phones. However, other acts like, skipping across parking spots, driving too fast for the conditions, or backing out in a hazardous way.
How to Avoid them
Well the only way to really avoid them yourself is to park away from the busiest areas of the lot. Drive slowly and with care. There is no rush when it comes to safety, especially when children and animals are involved. Do not cut across parking spots to nab an awesome spot. Keep your eyes on the road. Since you are still operating the vehicle in proximity close to others who might be walking, make sure you are always are of your environment.
What to do if you’re in one
Well in the case of any accident, you are going to want to document the information the other party. Be sure to take pictures of any damages, and if it is worth legal pursuit, be in contact with your lawyer. If you or a loved one has been in an automobile accident in a parking lot, give Ward T. Berg a call today.