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How motor vehicle accidents happen even in parking lots

While car accidents can occur anywhere, we usually anticipate them happening on city streets, county roads and highways, where we expect vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents can also happen in least expected areas, such as parking lots and garages where vehicles are typically moving at lower speeds compared to roads and highways.

How do these accidents happen in such a controlled space?

Drivers letting their guard down

In parking lots or garages, drivers may focus too much on finding a parking spot or may be distracted by their phones, GPS devices or other activities inside the vehicle, leading to a lack of attention to the surroundings. According to a poll by the National Safety Council, a significant number of respondents say they would do other things while driving through parking lots. This can result in collisions with other vehicles or accidents involving pedestrians.

Affected by limited visibility

Crowded parking lots can obstruct a driver’s view. Large vehicles like SUVs and trucks can make it particularly difficult to see other cars, pedestrians or shopping carts. Parking lots and garages with low or insufficient lighting can also be a cause for accidents in the area.

Ignoring traffic signs and speed limits

Drivers may ignore stop signs, directional arrows or other traffic control devices within parking lots, leading to confusion and potential accidents. Moreover, some drivers may drive beyond the speed limits of the parking lot, increasing the risk of collisions and accidents.

Recovering fair compensation for your injuries

Being involved in an accident is already overwhelming on its own. However, adding unique circumstances to the picture, such as the location of the accident, can put any victim in a state of uncertainty when it comes to pursuing a claim against the driver at-fault.

If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is advisable to seek advice from an experienced legal representative about how you can pursue a claim for compensation or damages given the unique facts and circumstances of your situation.