Parking lots are full of danger for a variety of reasons. They are areas shared by distracted drivers and distracted pedestrians. They are often poorly designed and infrequently patrolled by law enforcement. Cars may drive in random directions while ignoring signs and pavement markings. Poor maintenance by the owner increases car/pedestrian accidents and is a direct cause of pedestrian injuries.
If you were injured in a parking lot because of driver recklessness or negligence, or because of poor parking lot design or maintenance, seek the legal advice of a New Jersey personal injury lawyer.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Injuries
Poor lighting encourages crime and hides slippery surfaces causing slip and fall injuries. Pedestrians are unable to see tripping hazards which cause sprained or broken ankles and falls.
Black ice, oil and grease, potholes, large cracks, and uneven surfaces may cause slip, trip, and fall injuries.
Reckless or Negligent Driving
Speeding and aggressive driving to get to an open parking space, distracted driving while texting or looking for a space, and failure to observe signs all contribute to cars injuring pedestrians.
A lack of signs where needed such as stop signs, yield signs, and signs directing traffic flow cause unregulated and uncontrolled car traffic.
Lack of Security and Law Enforcement
Absence of security and law enforcement means that reckless or negligent driving as well as criminal activity aren’t deterred.
Safety Tips for Pedestrians
- Look for cars backing out. Look for the car’s reverse lights which are clear or white colored. This tells you about their intention before they back out.
- Don’t walk close to parked cars. This gives you little time to get out of the way if they start backing up. Small children doing this are not visible to the driver.
- Supervise your children. Keep them next to you while walking through the parking lot.
- Watch for moving vehicles. Vehicles may not pay attention to pavement markings and come toward you from unexpected directions. Aggressive or distracted drivers are not watching for pedestrians and may round corners at a high speed.
- Beware of parking spaces hidden by large vehicles. Smaller cars hidden from view may back out at any moment.