Parking Lot Driving Safety Tips

Parking Lot Accident Statistics

Parking lot vehicular accidents are more common than you may think. Research suggests that one in five car accidents occur in a parking lot each year, with over 50,000 parking lot and garage collisions reported annually. Common types of parking lot accidents include:

  • hitting a parked car,
  • two cars colliding while leaving or entering their parking spaces, and
  • drivers reversing out of a spot not seeing a person walking or a smaller vehicle behind them.

Staying Safe & Avoiding Accidents in a Parking Lot | Tips for Drivers

By committing to safe driving habits in the parking lot, you can help keep yourself and others safe. Here are some tips to follow for staying safe in the parking lot:

  1. Stay alert. One of the most important things you can do to stay safe in the parking lot is to stay alert. Look out for other cars, pedestrians, and other potential hazards. Don't just rely on your mirrors, but physically look around before pulling out or backing up. It is also important to stay off your phone and eliminate other distractions while driving; in a public opinion poll, the National Safety Council found that 66% of drivers make calls while driving in parking lots; drivers who participated in the poll also claimed they read and send emails, take photos, watch videos, text, use social media, and program their GPS system while driving through parking lots.
  2. Follow the parking lot signs and directions. Parking lot signs are there for a reason. Follow the arrows and lines marking parking spots and obey any posted speed limits or stop signs. These signs are in place to keep drivers and pedestrians safe, so make sure to follow them. Accidents involving two vehicles can occur if either vehicle is going in the opposite direction of the signs.
  3. Yield to pedestrians. Many accidents often involve vehicles striking people walking in the lots; pedestrians have the right of way in the parking lot. Watch out for people walking to and from their cars, especially near crosswalks. Always yield to pedestrians and give them plenty of space to walk safely.
  4. Use caution when driving in reverse. Backing up can be dangerous in the parking lot. Before backing out of a spot, look around for any obstacles or other cars. If possible, park in a spot where you can pull through so that you won't have to back up at all or back into a spot.
  5. Keep your distance. You should avoid tailgating and make sure to keep a safe distance from other cars when driving in the parking lot. Remember that people often extend their doors when they get in or out of their cars, and other drivers may make sudden stops or turns. Keeping a safe distance from other cars can help lower the risk of accidents.
  6. Utilize your blinkers. Always make use of your side mirrors and turn signals when driving in parking lots; they are essential for providing an accurate view of your surroundings. Check your mirrors before backing out or switching lanes and use your turn signal to notify other drivers of your intentions. This will help prevent collisions and keep everyone safe. Accidents can easily occur if drivers go for the same spot, which can occur, in some cases, if either party fails to use their blinkers.
  7. Watch for children and cyclists. Children and cyclists are often found in parking lots, and they can be difficult to see. Always be extra cautious when driving in parking lots near playgrounds or schools, and slow down to provide ample time to react. If you notice a cyclist approaching, give them enough room to pass and avoid driving too close or cutting them off.

Consult with Our Auto Accident Attorney

At the Law Office of Joseph A. Lazzara, P.C., our attorneys can help you fight for your right to fair compensation if you or a loved one have been injured in a parking lot vehicular accident. With over 25 years of experience, our team offers our clients tailored counsel and solutions; once you retain our services, we can speak with the insurance company on your behalf and handle the case legalities.

Take the first step in pursuing damages and call (720) 809-8262 to schedule an initial consultation with our attorney.