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Backing Out of a Parking Spot Puts Pedestrians and Motorcyclists At Risk

parking spacePulling forward into a parking spot is typically the easiest option for a driver and the most common. In fact, according to a new survey from AAA, 76 percent of drivers said they drive forward into their spots, rather than back in, and it makes sense. With a quick turn of the wheel, your vehicle is nestled in its space and you’re ready to go. Leaving, however, is a different story, which is why AAA advises against forward parking.

Backing Out Is Dangerous

Parking lots are notoriously dangerous, and pedestrians and reverse driving are two of the reasons why. Backing out of spots puts both pedestrians and motorists alike in danger, particularly during busy weekends and holiday seasons. Even with the presence of safety technology, such as rear-view cameras and notifications, accidents can still happen, and often do. Researchers conducted a study that depicted common parking lot scenarios while using vehicles with safety features and found these shocking results: 

  • The systems failed to detect passing vehicles 30 percent of the time.
  • A passing motorcycle was not detected by a system in 48 percent of the tests.
  • The systems failed to detect a passing bicycle 40 percent of the time.
  • The technology failed to detect pedestrians 60 percent of the time.

Forward-Parking Alternatives

Although backing into your space will take a bit more planning and time than pulling forward, it prevents you from having to reverse out of your space and into a potential accident. Also, the cameras and warning systems on newer cars are very reliable when it comes to backing into a parking space. Alternatively, if you find two empty spaces, you can drive through one into the other, leaving your vehicle facing forward and allowing you to drive right out of your parking spot when you leave.

If you were involved in a parking lot accident, you may have medical and vehicle repair bills, along with time lost from work. Fortunately, you may be able to receive compensation for your hardships with the help of Wayne Wright. Schedule your appointment to speak with a legal professional about your case by calling 800-237-3334.