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Distracted Driving a Common Factor in Parking Lot Accidents

Man texts and drives in a parking lot, does not see woman in front of the car

A Wilmington Car Accident Lawyer Discusses the Dangers

Drivers don't normally think of parking lots and garages as risky places for car accidents, but maybe we should.

Each year, thousands of people are injured and hundreds are killed in motor vehicle crashes that take place in parking lots and parking garages.

In Wilmington, data on parking lot accidents did not appear to be readily available. However, with the city's many malls and shopping centers — especially in the busy River District — the risk for a parking lot accident that results in injury is high.

Car crashes aren't the only injury-causing accidents that occur in parking lots. Slip and falls are common, too. Oftentimes when people slip on ice, stumble after stepping in a deep pothole, or get tripped up by debris, it's because the store/property owner or manager failed to meet their "duty of care" to keep the premises reasonably safe from hazards.

The winter holidays are a particularly risky time to be in parking lots. The number of reported accidents typically spikes on Black Friday and remains at an above-average rate through the New Year, according to the National Safety Council.

The NSC recently conducted a driver survey to learn more about motorists' attitudes and actions in parking lots. What they learned is that distracted driving may be a major contributor.

Parking Lots and Distracted Driving

The NSC opinion poll says people are comfortable with distracted driving in parking lots. Here are some of the things people admit to doing while driving in a parking lot:

  • 66% say they make phone calls
  • 56% reveal they text
  • 52% say they use social media while driving in parking lots
  • 50% admit to sending and receiving emails
  • 49% say they take photos or watch videos while driving in parking lots

As a point of interest: researchers also say that 59% of teens say they groom themselves while driving in parking lots.

Types of Parking Lot Accidents

Parking lot and parking garage accidents can happen under a variety of different scenarios, including but not limited to:

  • Competition over a parking space
  • One driver backs out of a parking space into a moving vehicle
  • Two drivers back their vehicles into each other
  • A driver hits a parked car
  • A pedestrian or cyclist gets hit by a car
  • A driver "pulls through" into the empty space in front while another attempts to enter from the throughway

When parking lot accidents happen, it is important to treat them with the same seriousness you would any other crash. By law, any accident that causes bodily injury or property damage over $1,000 must be reported to the police.

Legal Help is Available in Wilmington

If you've been hurt in a parking lot accident, you need an experienced car accident lawyer to fight for your rights. At The Law Offices of Richard Flexner, we know how to deal with insurance companies, build strong cases, and advocate for maximum compensation.

Often, we're able to negotiate a settlement for the compensation our clients deserve. But if the insurance company pushes back, we aren't afraid to file a lawsuit and take the fight to court.

Learn more about how we can help you. Contact us today to schedule a free case review.

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