Maryland Pedestrian Accident Lawyers: Parking Lot Safety Tips for Holiday ShoppersNovember 11, 2015
Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away, but the holiday shopping season is already in full swing. This year, millions of Americans will flock to local stores and shopping malls to pick out the perfect gift for loved ones. The holidays are a fun and exciting time, but they can also be hectic as shoppers rush from place to place to find what they are looking for. Unfortunately, the stress of the holidays can become a major distraction for shoppers, both behind the wheel and on foot.
Parking lots are dangerous places during this time of the year. The combination of frustrated drivers, over-excited children and distracted pedestrians can be a recipe for disaster. According to a study by AAA, the number of parking lot accidents involving pedestrians spikes every year with the holiday shopping season. Increased vehicle and pedestrian traffic is the main reason for the spike, but there are other contributing factors as well.
Experts say that about 80% of pedestrian accidents in parking lots are caused by negligent driving behaviors such as distracted driving and aggressive driving. This season also has a tendency to bring out people who do not drive regularly. For example, an elderly driver who hasn’t driven in a long time might not realize that they are unable to see the road like they used to, or that it is too difficult to turn around to see what is behind them while backing out of a parking spot.
To prevent parking lot accidents, drivers and pedestrians should exercise extreme caution and follow these safety tips:
Parking Lot Safety for Drivers
- Never use a cell phone or other electronic device while driving. Distracted driving is a leading factor in pedestrian accidents and deaths. It may be tempting to try to multi-task while looking for a parking spot, but the risk is far too great.
- Shop early in the season. This can avoid the last-minute rush, when more accidents happen. It is also better if you can do most of your shopping in the morning or early in the afternoon on a weekday, when fewer people are out.
- Proceed with caution. Drive very slowly in parking lots and always use your turn signals, even when pulling into a parking spot. Never cut diagonally across parking spaces. Watch out for children and other pedestrians who may dart out unexpectedly from between cars.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
- Stay alert to your surroundings. Avoid using your cell phone while walking through the parking lot.
- Remember where you parked your car. Save yourself time and unnecessary walking by making a note on a piece of paper or in your phone of where you parked your car. There are even several apps that you can download to your mobile device to help you.
- Keep kids safe. Small children can be difficult for drivers to see, especially at night. Keep them close and hold their hand. Teach kids how to spot a car with its reverse lights on and remind them never to run in a parking lot.
Maryland Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Fight for Injured Pedestrian Accident Victims
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