When you think of car accidents, the last place you think of is parking lots. However, a significant number of accidents occur in parking lots. They are a lot riskier for drivers and pedestrians than people think.
Highways certainly have the lion’s share of road accidents, especially the dangerous ones. On the other hand, the statistics on parking lot accidents will undoubtedly surprise you.
According to the National Safety Council, at least one in five accidents happen in parking lots within the United States. That results in about fifty thousand car crashes in parking lots and garages every year.
Another statistic is that more than sixty thousand people are injured in parking lot accidents every year. An additional five hundred people die from parking lot accidents annually.
The types of accidents that occur on highways are different from those that happen in parking lots. The following are the most prevalent types of accidents you will see in parking lots:
Most people turn into poor drivers when reversing. It is especially so when they have to maneuver their cars out of parking spaces hence drivers backing into each other is a common sight in parking lots.
Most drivers don’t know how to use their rearview windows when reversing correctly; hence, they turn their heads, leaving a blindside. However, camera technology is drastically helping with this problem.
Seeing other vehicles is quite tricky in a crowded parking lot. It is particularly so when a small car is surrounded by larger vehicles.
Therefore, you will often see vehicles hitting others that are pulling out of parking spots. A car that is moving quite fast in a parking lot will not have the time to stop for another that is reversing from a parking space.
Most of the accidents you will see in parking lots are simply due to people’s egos. The best example is two cars colliding because of competing for the same parking space.
Drivers will become fixated on a particular space and forget that other drivers are doing the same. The result is a collision going for the same parking space.
Most of the accidents that happen in parking lots endanger cars and other drivers and endanger pedestrians. It is difficult for a driver, especially a tiny vehicle, to see pedestrians in a densely packed parking lot.
You will often hear drivers involved in parking lot accidents say that a pedestrian came out of nowhere. It is the result of the unavoidable blind side caused by turning your head when backing up.
Unfortunately, many of the pedestrians hit in parking lot accidents are children. A study done in 2007 by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis reported that there were more than five thousand injuries to pedestrians caused by cars reversing in parking lots. Of those injuries, many of them were children.
If you or your child is involved in a Houston parking lot accident, you should contact a Houston car accident attorney.