Think car accidents only happen on the roadway? Think again! When you arrive at your destination, you may still be at risk of a crash. Parking lots can frequently be the site of car accidents. The following is an overview of the types of collisions that often occur in parking lots.
Five Car Accidents That Can Happen in a Parking Lot
- A driver collides with another car when backing out of a parking space. When pulling out of a parking space, the driver of a vehicle must look carefully in both directions in order to ensure that the path is clear. Often, when a collision occurs between a driver who is backing out of a space and a driver that is traveling down the parking lane, the driver pulling out of the parking spot will be deemed to be at fault. One exception would be if the driver traveling down the parking lane was moving at a recklessly high rate of speed.
- A driver collides with another car while pulling forward out of a parking space. Similar to the accident described above, when a driver collides with a vehicle while pulling out of a parking space, that driver is usually deemed to be at fault. The rules of the road typically give the car moving straight down the parking lane the right of way. The car that is pulling forward out of its parking spot is generally expected to defer to the other vehicles by waiting for the car traveling down the parking lane to pass before pulling out.
- A driver collides with another car when the vehicle in front in the parking lane stops suddenly. Rear-end collisions can occur virtually anywhere, including parking lots. These accidents are usually the fault of the driver who does the rear-ending. Even when in a parking lot, drivers have an obligation to leave a safe distance between vehicles and to be alert and ready for the car in front to do something unexpected. Since cars traveling in parking lots are often somewhat distracted while searching for vacant parking spots, this is even more important.
- A driver collides with another car when its driver turns suddenly in front of him while attempting to get into a parking space. Parking lot accidents can occur when drivers attempt to make a left turn across oncoming traffic. If a driver sees a parking spot and wants to turn into it, that driver should wait until the traffic in the parking lane has passed. If this type of accident occurs, it is usually the fault of the parking car.
- Two cars collide while backing out of opposite parking spaces. When both drivers are making the same maneuver attempting to back out of a parking space and they collide, it is possible that there may be shared fault. Both drivers have an obligation to look carefully before they begin backing out. Unfortunately, drivers are often more focused on whether other cars are traveling down the parking lane rather than whether another vehicle is attempting to back out.
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