Why do car accidents in parking lots happen? Here, we discuss the common causes of these wrecks and why liability can be difficult to prove.

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Car Accidents in Parking Lots Cause Motorists and Pedestrians to Suffer Serious Injuries or Death


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11/20/2017
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Parking lots can pose car accident dangers for drivers, passengers in vehicles, and pedestrians. While fatalities are less common due to slower speeds, victims can die, especially if they are pedestrians. In addition, victims can suffer other serious injuries, such as back, neck, and spinal injuries, traumatic brain injury, fractures, and internal organ damage. If you or a loved one was the victim of a parking lot accident, you need the assistance of an experienced car accident attorney to hold the negligent driver accountable.

Common Causes of Parking Lot Accidents

Parking lots can be extremely congested, especially in high-traffic areas like music, sports, and other large group entertainment events and shopping malls during holiday seasons. Even in normal times, many vehicles and pedestrians are trying to navigate in a parking lot. Common reasons that accidents occur in parking lots include:

  • Distracted driving. Because of the slower speed in parking lots, drivers may feel safer engaging in dangerous distracted driving practices, like talking on a cellphone, texting, or looking at a GPS. However, in the few seconds a driver’s mind is on other things, he could fail to see a car or pedestrian, resulting in you or a family member being the victim of an accident.
  • Failure to yield. When drivers are impatient to get where they are going, they can fail to yield to pedestrians or another vehicle who has the right of way in the parking lot.
  • Backing up accidents. Many tragic accidents occur when a driver is backing up and fails to see a nearby vehicle or smaller pedestrian.
  • Lack of traffic signs. In some cases, a collision can occur due to the lack of sufficient traffic signs to safely control the level of traffic in a parking lot.

Proving Liability in a Parking Lot Accident Can Be Challenging

As in other car accident cases, you will need to prove the driver’s negligence in your parking lot accident to hold him responsible for compensating you for your injuries. The negligent driver could deny liability, claiming that he had the right of way. This is a common defense in parking lot accidents, especially when there was a lack of stop signs. In addition, witnesses may not stop to offer assistance or provide their contact information, which can make proving the driver’s liability more difficult.

An experienced car accident attorney can help you prove the negligent motorist’s responsibility for compensating you for your injuries. At Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC, we’re happy to discuss your concerns and help you understand your legal options. Get the answers you need today by calling our office to schedule your free consultation.



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