Parking lot accidents
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, twenty percent (20%) of all car accidents happen in commercial parking lots. When parking lot accidents happen there is usually property damage but in some cases they cause serious injuries and even deaths.
It must be noted that parking lot accidents are considered accidents and should be treated as such, those involved should call the police and where necessary fire and rescue. Police only respond to accidents in parking lots if there are injuries. However, it is still necessary that the drivers involved take each otherâ€™s insurance and personal information. Taking insurance and personal information is very helpful. EspeciallyÂ in the event injuries surface later; as learnt in the article on whiplash, symptoms may show immediately or days or weeks later.
Parking lot accidents: Causes
The main cause of parking lot accidents is not paying attention on the part of the driver and the pedestrian. This is as a result of a false sense of security created by being in a parking lot.
Another cause of accidents is the lack of traffic signals in parking lots. Most do not install traffic signals, however, they put road markings for vehicles to yield and stop at designated points. While these road markings are helpful, there is no enforcement of these traffic rules.Â So if a driver does not yield or stop, the driver is not given a ticket. ThisÂ does not feel like the driver isÂ breaking the law.
Other causes of are distractions; some distractions include talking on onesâ€™ cellphone, texting or pushing a shopping cart. All these distractions can affect both pedestrian and driver.
Parking lot accidents: Injuries
Most injuriesÂ that happen in parking lots are of hitting a pedestrian and these are serious injuries including back injuries. Other injuries that are associated with the drivers and passengers are:
- Swollen muscles, tendons or ligaments