Parking lots at shopping centers, office buildings, apartment complexes and elsewhere can be dangerous because of the high volume of vehicles and pedestrians. Drivers may be easily distracted by their surroundings or may have limited visibility. Parking lot accidents tend to occur at relatively low speeds, which means that the injuries are less likely to be as serious as other auto accidents.
However, these cases can be complicated since fault is not always obvious. Fault in these types of cases is treated in much as the same way as another other motor vehicle collision because just like main streets, parking lots have right-of-way rules too.
While navigating a parking lot, right-of-way can be somewhat confusing. The best way to determine this is by considering the type of lane you are in because parking lots have two basic types of roads: thoroughfares and feeder lanes.
A thoroughfare is generally a lane that exits to a street. These tend to be wider and are the main arteries of the parking lot. Feeder lanes, on the other hand, are smaller lanes that typically begin and end at the thoroughfares.
Drivers in a thoroughfare usually have the right-of-way over those departing feeder lanes. However, just like on a city street, the person turning left or right must yield right-of-way to approaching traffic, pedestrians and cyclists. Similarly, anyone who is moving out of a parking space must yield to those who are driving through the lane. Vehicles in a parking space do not have right-of-way over those already on the move.
Finally, all stop and yield signs should be observed in a parking lot in the same way as signs on any street. Failure to obey posted signs could result in an accident for which you may be found at fault for having caused.
Parking lots are dangerous places. Limited visibility and what can, at times, be intense competition for a parking space contributes to the danger of operating a vehicle in a tight space with other moving vehicles. Parking lot accidents are some of the most common types of car accidents, but despite that fact most Americans aren’t clear on who is responsible for a fender bender that occurs in a parking lot. We took five of the most common parking lot fender benders and made a quick guide to liability when driving in parking lots.
Here are the most common types of parking lot accidents:
Cautious driving is the best and easiest way to avoid being involved in a collision but there are other preventative measures you can take too:
If you or a loved one has been injured in a parking lot accident, please contact our Personal Injury Attorneys at 1-877-241-9554 to learn more about your legal options. A free consultation is just a phone call away. An experienced attorney can answer your questions, investigate the accident and file your paperwork to ensure that your case is properly prepared and filed within the time limit required by the court.
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