Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Avoiding Parking Lot Accidents During Holiday Shopping

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, shopping at malls and stores can be a nightmare. Frayed tempers, lack of parking spots, and heavy traffic can result in parking lot fender benders and pedestrian accidents. During the holiday season, it’s wise to exercise some extra caution during holiday shopping when parking and pulling out of parking spaces. The holidays can be stressful—don’t add more stress by having a parking lot accident.
  1. Park far away from the store. During holiday shopping, parking spots are hard to find, and impatient drivers can be dangerous when you’re trying to get in and out of a spot. Remote areas of the parking lot see less traffic, making it easier for you to safely back your car out when it’s time to leave. 
  2. Be observant on your way to your parking space. On your way back to your car after completing your shopping, watch for dangers, such as parents with small children and nearby cars. Seeing these dangers ahead of time can help you anticipate them when you’re backing out of your parking space. 
  3. Check your blind spots. When pulling out of your spot, check all your mirrors and blind spots. Be mindful that parents are out and about with their children who can run behind your car as you’re backing out. Use extra caution in busy parking lots. 
  4. Drive slowly. Slowing down allows you to react to in time to avoid accidents. Driving slowly when driving in parking lots, and when backing out of your space is particularly important if the weather is bad or when it’s dark out. 
  5. Be a responsible pedestrian. As you’re walking through a parking lot, stay in pedestrian-designated areas and make sure drivers see you. Avoid dashing in front of cars or behind cars that are backing out without looking. 
Even low-speed parking lot accidents can result in injuries. If you sustain injuries as a result of a parking-lot accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to Minnesota No-Fault Benefits, and you may be able to bring a claim for damages against the at-fault driver. For a free, no-obligation case evaluation, contact Meuser & Associate at 877-746-5680 or click here to send us an email to speak with one of our attorneys.

1 comment:

  1. Perfect way to avoid parking lot accidents while doing holiday shopping. Another perfect way can be the usage of parking signs like drive slowly or pedestrians ahead.


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