Did you know that it can be a hazard to your health simply to walk to and from your vehicle in a parking lot? As Mississippi readers know, distracted driving is exceptionally prevalent, not only on the roads and interstates, but in parking lots as well. A distracted driver is a dangerous driver, no matter where he or she is.
According to the National Safety Council, around 50,000 accidents happen in parking lots every year. This is a high number, but it is likely the real number is actually higher. Many accidents in parking lots go unreported, so it is difficult to estimate the number. Even at low rates of speeds, a car striking a person walking through a parking lot can cause significant damage.
A dangerous problem for pedestrians
One of the primary reasons for parking lot accidents is the rise in distracted driving. Distraction comes in many forms and happens for many reasons, but cell phones play a large role in this problem. Some of the ways drivers may be distracted while going through a parking lot include the following:
- Using social media while driving
- Adjusting a radio or inputting information into a GPS system
- Sending a text or reading an email
- Watching videos while driving
Some drivers experience distraction because of things such as talking to another person in the car or grooming, such as putting on makeup, while driving. While in a parking lot, people operating vehicles have the responsibility of driving carefully, driving slowly, staying in their lanes and avoiding cutting through the parking lot. All of these things can lower the chance of an accident and make it safer for everyone.
Parking lot accidents can cause serious physical harm to pedestrians, even if collisions take place at low rates of speed. If you were hurt while walking to or from your vehicle, you could have grounds to move forward with a civil claim.
Recovery for injured victims
If you are the victim of the negligent or reckless actions of another person, you do not have to walk through the aftermath of your accident alone. You could have a valid claim to financial compensation through a civil case, and you are entitled to legal guidance and a complete explanation of the options available to you. It is beneficial to act quickly to protect your rights, first seeking a complete assessment of your case as soon as possible after an accident.