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Driver safety in parking lots help to avoid fatal crashes

Whether it is at a store, school, work, a restaurant or an apartment complex, private and public parking lots present risks to both drivers and pedestrians. Although parking a car may seem like a simple task, if drivers are not cautious and uphold the duty of care required by drivers, a parking lot accident could ensue.

When a driver does not use caution and care in a parking lot, a fatal accident could occur with a pedestrian and even another vehicle. And in order to reduce the chances of a catastrophic incident from occurring, driver safety in parking lots should be understood and carried out by everyone traveling in a parking lot.

The restricted space in parking lots often allows for little or no room for evasive action if impact with a person or a vehicle is imminent. This is why drivers should always travel at slow speeds in parking lots. The faster a vehicle is going, the more difficult it is to safely stop the automobile or maneuver the vehicle to avoid a collision.

A major concern in parking lots is reversing a vehicle. When backing out of a parking space, drivers do not only need to be aware of the other vehicles on either side of them but also the automobiles and pedestrians that might drive or walk in the line of travel of the reversing driver. When reversing out of a parking space, drivers should constantly be looking left, right and directly behind for any hazards.

Because parking lots are often busy with vehicles and pedestrians, it is crucial that all drivers travel slowly. Even when a driver is slowly and cautiously reversing from a parking spot, if a driver or pedestrian are in a rush, they may suddenly cut in front of the car. Still, the negligence or recklessness of another could cause or contribute to a serious or even fatal accident.

Following a parking lot accident, an investigation is important. This could help establish what driver or drivers were responsible and whether they are entirely or partially liable for a parking lot incident. Once liability is determined, injured victims and the loved ones of the deceased might have a cause of action. This could result in compensation to cover losses and damages arising from the accident.

Source:, "Driver Safety Tip - Parking Lots," accessed May 17, 2015

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