Driving and walking in a parking lot is almost an everyday occurrence for most of us. Safety measures for both drivers and pedestrians are normally taken for granted in such areas. Even though drivers are traveling at such low speeds, pedestrian parking lot accidents are very likely and can lead to serious injuries and sometimes death.
Causes of Pedestrian Parking Lot Accidents
Drivers and pedestrians tend to have a different mind-set when it comes to their behavior in a parking lot. Because of the close proximity of people on foot and cars, parking lots are the scene of many pedestrian accidents. Below is a list of some of the most common causes:
- Driver distractions like cell phone use, playing with the radio, etc.
- Drivers accidentally pressing the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal
- Drivers focusing on looking for a parking space and not looking out for other cars and pedestrians
- Drivers not looking before backing out of parking spaces
- Drivers speeding through parking lots
- Pedestrians distractions like cell phone use, mothers and fathers tending to their children, talking to another pedestrian, etc.
- Pedestrians assuming a level of safety when that isn’t the reality
- Pedestrians not using walkways when provided but instead weaving through parking spaces
- Drivers and pedestrians assuming one or the either sees each other
- Traffic patterns in some parking lots can be confusing and/or poorly designed
- Parking lots that lack pedestrian walkways or crossings
Injuries Caused by Pedestrian Being Hit in a Parking Lot
Even though vehicles in parking lots are usually traveling at lower speeds than on the road, serious injuries to pedestrians can still occur when struck by a car. If struck, the pedestrian could fall down and hit their head, causing a serious head injury. Some other common injuries that can occur are fractures of the pelvic, arms and legs as well as neck injuries. Internal injuries and minor contusions and abrasions can also occur.
Getting Help from a Florida Pedestrian Accident Attorney
If both drivers and pedestrians took the right precautions while walking or driving in parking lots, accidents could be prevented. However, if a parking lot accident does occur a pedestrian may recover damages for the injuries suffered if the driver’s negligence caused the incident.
If you were injured in a parking lot accident and you need help, call our office and speak with Jim Dodson at 888-207-0905 for a free consultation today.