While many people equate an overcrowded parking area with holiday shopping, accidents and injuries can occur under almost any condition. From a busy Saturday morning in a shopping mall parking lot to a late evening exit from a dark parking tower, pedestrians and drivers alike are at risk for serious injuries.
Whether they lead to vehicles striking pedestrians or vehicles colliding with other vehicles, driver distractions cause a significant number of injuries each year:
- Drivers making phone calls
- Drivers sending texts
- Drivers updating social media statuses
- Drivers taking photos
- Drivers manipulating a GPS system’s menu
Unfortunately, pedestrians can also fall victim to the dangers of distractions. “Distracted Walking” is becoming a more and more common theme in parking lots, on sidewalks or in cross walks. Parking lot and parking garage safety is reliant upon both the driver and the pedestrian.
In addition to avoiding driving distractions, individuals should follow safe driving practices no matter how busy the parking lot is. Drivers should adhere to safety tips, including:
- Avoid cutting across parking lanes
- Always use directional signals to indicate your intentions
- Always follow posted warning signs including “stop” and “yield”
- Use technology sparingly and in only conjunction with manual safety checks
Even without the presence of vehicles, pedestrians are at risk in parking lots and parking garages. For example, pedestrians could be injured:
- Tripping over broken pavement
- Slipping on water puddles or oil stains
- Falling due to inadequate lighting
- Falling due to broken stairs
Additionally, those walking through a parking lot could be in danger of attack. Certain situations could become dangerous, such as:
- Poor lighting
- Lack of surveillance equipment
- Lack of security features
- Lack of security personnel
If you or a loved one was injured as a driver or pedestrian in a parking lot or parking structure, it is wise to discuss your legal options with an experienced lawyer. Collisions can lead to soft tissue injuries, broken bones, head trauma or spinal cord damage.