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What factors can increase the risk of parking lot accidents?

On Behalf of | Feb 29, 2024 | Car Accidents, Personal Injury |

As you pull into a parking lot, you pay extra attention to avoid the obvious dangers. You know to watch out for drivers who reverse without caution, stray shopping carts and scattered debris. But beyond these obstacles, there may be hidden hazards that you have not considered. To prevent accidents, it is crucial to be mindful of the subtler threats that could turn an ordinary day into a disaster.


Driving in a parking lot is not a pass to multitask while behind the wheel. You should still pay as much attention as you do on the road.

Moving vehicles can still cause severe injury or damage, even at slow speeds. Unless you are at a complete stop, it is best to keep your eyes on your surroundings. That includes avoiding glancing at your phone, making a call, selecting a playlist and other distractions.

If you are distracted, you may not easily see a rushing pedestrian or another driver reversing.

Making sudden turns

In your rush to exit or snag a parking spot, you might attempt to make a quick turn without checking your surroundings. However, you could hit the other driver in the process. It is not worth the risk. Before you turn, make sure the coast is clear. If there are oncoming vehicles, it may be safer to let them pass or turn only when you have enough time. A little patience can go a long way in ensuring your safety.

Poor parking design

The layout or environment of a parking lot could be a risk in itself. Maneuvering a vehicle around tight spaces, dim lighting or unconventional designs is often challenging. These design flaws or neglect may increase your risk of bumping into another car or pedestrian.

When pulling into a parking space feels tricky, consider asking your passengers for help. They can step out of the car and inform you how much room you have.

Awareness of the obvious and unseen dangers of parking lots may help you steer clear of potential accidents. Unlike traffic and parking regulations, dealing with the aftermath of a parking lot accident is not always straightforward. A personal injury attorney can help you explore your options and provide advice specific to your case.

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