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Parking Lot Accidents Pose Threats to Pedestrians

Posted on in Personal Injury

motor vehicle accident, distracted driving, San Jose car accident attorneys, reckless driving, parking lot accidentMany of us have had the experience of a near miss while walking or driving through a parking lot. Maybe we were crossing a lane or pulling out from a space, when all of a sudden a driver appears, barely avoiding a motor vehicle accident. Unfortunately, these types of collisions are increasingly common, with reckless driving behaviors such as speeding and distracted driving to blame.

Parking Lots Accidents and Injuries

Parking lot accidents are often considered ‘fender benders,’ so minor that drivers fail to report them to their insurers. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), these accidents actually have the potential to be quite serious, killing roughly 500 drivers and pedestrians each year, and causing serious injuries for as many as 60,000 others.

Distracted driving, such as using cellphones and texting behind the wheel, are among the most common causes. The NSC claims that nearly 70 percent of drivers admit using their phones to call or check in via text to others while driving through grocery store, restaurant, office building, and mall parking lots.

Even when both drivers are going relatively slow or when one of the vehicles is stopped, the force of impact can end up causing serious damages. Injuries common in these accidents include:

  • Soft tissue injuries, such as muscle or tendon strains, sprains, and tears;
  • Broken bones and fractures;
  • Whiplash, and other types of back and neck injuries; and
  • Head injuries, including concussion and traumatic brain injury.

For pedestrians, especially children, these accidents can be particularly severe. In May 2017, the East Bay Times reported on a parking lot accident that occurred outside a Union City Dollar Store. A 23-month-old toddler was struck and killed by a car backing out of a space, after the boy momentarily wondering away from his parents as they were leaving the store.

What to Do in the Event of a Parking Lot Accident

Parking lot accidents should be treated the same as any other type of collision. Whether you are a driver, a passenger, or a pedestrian involved, you should follow these steps:

  • Immediately notify security or local law enforcement;
  • Exchange personal contact, vehicle, and insurance information with the drivers involved;
  • Make note of any witnesses at the scene, and take pictures of the damages, if possible; and
  • Get medical treatment for your injuries.

Even if the accident was minor and you are not experiencing symptoms, it is important to get checked right away and to follow all of your doctor’s instructions. Potentially serious injuries have symptoms which can take days or weeks to appear, and failing to get medical care could jeopardize your rights in a claim.

Let Us Help You Today

Seemingly minor accidents can result in major damages. To ensure you get the amount you are entitled to in a claim, call or contact Jachimowicz Law Group right away. We can arrange a consultation with our passionate San Jose car accident attorneys who can assist you in getting the compensation you need to recover.

Sources:

http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/parking-lot-safety.aspx

http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/04/30/toddler-fatally-hit-by-car-after-running-into-union-city-parking-lot/

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