Parking lots are filled with many cars and pedestrians, including children. As a result, collisions occur when drivers fail to check their surroundings before pulling out of a parking spot. In most cases, the reversing driver is at-fault for these accidents.
Rear end collisions frequently occur in parking lots. These accidents occur when a front vehicle suddenly stops to avoid another vehicle or pedestrian, causing the rear vehicle to collide with the front vehicle.
Another common cause for these accidents is an abrupt turn. Because of the limited number of parking spots, drivers often engage in unsafe driving practices to obtain a spot. For example, drivers often make sudden turns or turn in a wrong direction in a parking aisle. This hastiness can result in a pedestrian accident with significant injuries.
These accidents are also caused by speeding. Parking lots generally do not have a posted speed limit. However, the law imposes a speed limit of 15 miles per hour for parking lots. Drivers that are speeding in parking lots may also be engaging in the above unsafe driving practices. Speeding greatly increases the severity of an injury from these accidents.
The same rules of the road apply to parking lots. Therefore, drivers must stop at stop signs, yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and drive in the correct direction. Accidents are caused by drivers’ failure to comply with these laws.