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Are you at risk when walking through a parking lot?

As California readers know, pedestrians are at risk of suffering significant injuries when involved in an accident with a moving vehicle. Across the state, these types of accidents are on the rise, and it can be beneficial for people who walk for commuting purposes or to get exercise to know how to stay safe. However, you could also be at risk when simply walking to your car from a store.

When you think of pedestrian accidents, you likely think of incidents that occur when a person is crossing the street or while running along a road, but that is not always the case. Many pedestrian-involved accidents occur in parking lots. You may not think you are at risk while walking to and from your vehicle, but it is prudent to exercise caution and know your rights in the event of an accident.

Why are parking lots so dangerous?

According to the National Safety Council, approximately 50,000 accidents occur in parking lots every year. Even though there are always people walking in a parking lot, drivers act negligently or drive recklessly, ultimately resulting in serious injuries to innocent people. The most prominent reason for parking lot accidents is distraction.

Distraction is one of the leading causes of car accidents, even low-speed collisions that take place in parking lots. Some of the most common reasons for distracted driving include the following:

  • Programming a GPS system while operating a car
  • Using social media while behind the wheel
  • Sending a text message or making a phone call
  • Taking photos or watching videos while driving

When a distracted driver strikes a person in a parking lot, the person outside the vehicle has no protection against the impact. Even at low speeds, pedestrians are extremely vulnerable in a collision. In parking lot accidents, people often suffer from injuries that include broken bones, head injuries and soft tissue damage.

Victims do not have to suffer alone

If you suffered injuries in a parking lot accident, you do not have to walk through the aftermath alone. It is possible you have grounds for a civil claim against the driver or other liable parties. A complete assessment of your case can help you understand your options regarding a potential civil claim.

It might be beneficial to turn to the guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney to have the practical support you need during this difficult time.

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