Let’s face it: navigating a parking lot is one of the more frustrating tasks for drivers and pedestrians. They’re often crowded, coveted spaces are rarely available, and visibility is low. Here’s an astounding fact: 20% of accidents happen in parking lots.
Part of the reason why so many accidents happen in parking lots is distracted driving. The number one cause of distracted driving is drivers on their cell phones. Experts say that the slow speed at which motorist drive in parking lots give a false sense of security. No matter what speed you are traveling at, distracted driving can be deadly!
Safety Tips for Motorists
- Park in a space so that the hood of your vehicle is facing out whenever possible. It makes it easier to leave driving forward rather that backing out.
- The recommended speed limit for driving in parking lots is 5 mph.
- Turn your headlights on while driving in parking lots, even if it’s daytime. It makes your vehicle more visible to fellow motorists and pedestrians.
- Drive in the lanes. Avoid driving over empty parking space lines to cut through.
Safety Tips for Pedestrians
- Keep alert and avoid texting while walking!
- If walking to your car in the dark, use a flashlight, or the flashlight application on your smartphone.
- If you feel it is necessary, and if it is possible, ask for a security escort to your vehicle. Many places, such as office buildings, hospitals and stores have security personnel that will gladly make sure you make it safe to your vehicle.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in an automobile accident due to another driver’s negligence, contact my office immediately. As your Ohio car accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus, Dayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.