It may surprise you to learn that parking lot accidents can result in serious injuries. It may also surprise you to learn that almost 20% of car accidents in California occur in a parking lot and the Insurance Research Institute recently reported that 14% of all motor vehicle accident claims are the result of parking lot accidents.
Parking lots represent a high risk for accidents due to many reasons. The constant flow of pedestrian traffic in the presence of moving vehicles creates substantial risks for the pedestrian as well as the driver of a vehicle. Some of the leading causes of parking lot accidents include the failure to observe parking lot signs and controls, speeding and reckless operation, accidental acceleration, and the inability to see clearly as you turn down a row of parking places.
Parking lot accidents often result in serious injuries to pedestrians. The human body is no match for the weight and momentum of a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, once a driver enters a parking lot they often relax a bit, feeling they are in a safe and familiar place. They may not see a stray child or a person walking to their car as they round the corner. The National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration reported 22% of US children between the ages of 5 and 9 years who lost their lives in a motor vehicle accident were actually pedestrians. Many of these fatalities happened in Orange County parking lots and residential areas.
This is why it is important to maintain an increased level of concentration when you pull into a parking lot. Continuously scan for pedestrians, children and even run-away carts as you look for a place to park. Many injuries occur when a vehicle is backing up. Use extra caution when you are leaving a parking space and keep your speed as slow as possible until you have exited the parking space completely.
Parking lot accidents can result in serious injuries and our experienced, proven trial attorneys work to achieve a full and fair recovery for all damages associated with your injuries. We invite you to review the strong recommendations of our clients and the legal industry and contact us or call 949-305-1400 to speak with one of our experienced injury attorneys personally for a free consultation.