Parking lots may not seem an obvious location for a car accident to occur. They do, however, present certain dangers which can increase the likelihood of a collision caused by a driver who is not paying attention. Such collisions can cause serious injuries. In some cases, these injuries are even fatal.
An Alabama car accident attorney can help victims of parking lot accidents file claims and access compensation for their injuries and financial losses.
Real Lives Taken in Parking Lot Accidents
In December, Mobile residents received a horrifying reminder of just how severe parking lot accidents can be. One driver was killed and another injured after a fiery crash in the parking lot of the Alabama Welcome Center at the Mississippi state line.
WKRG reports that a semi truck driver skipped a curb while attempting to pull off the interstate and into the parking lot of the Welcome Center. The truck hit a number of trees before stopping and bursting into flames. The Mobile Police Department responded to the scene but were unable to save the man in the truck. Another person at the Welcome Center was injured in the accident.
Two Washington D.C. men were also killed in a tragic parking lot accident. According to WUSA 9, the two were avid bike riders. They were enjoying that hobby on the streets of Dewey Beach, Delaware, one night when a vehicle crossed into their lane and struck them. The vehicle hit a utility pole and several other vehicles before coming to a stop in a parking lot. Both bicycle riders were killed in the collision.
It appears that the collision was caused when the driver had a medical emergency and blacked out. No criminal charges have been filed against the driver.
How Alabama Drivers Can Prevent Parking Lot Accidents
The National Safety Council interviewed various safety experts to determine how best to prevent parking lot accidents. One recommendation focused on employers. By implementing traffic safety programs for workers, employers can save themselves the time and expense of work-related injuries caused in parking lot collisions.
Awareness in general is a highly important step toward accident prevention. Experts also recommended the use of signage to remind all parking lot users to be safe. Messages such as "don't text and drive" or "buckle up" can increase awareness of the risks faced in parking lots.
Parking lot designs can also be used to reduce the risk of a collision. "I try to keep the 2,000-pound vehicles away from the 200-pound humans as much as I can," said one parking lot designer. Having designated areas for compact vehicles can also limit visibility issues, which are a major contributing factor to many parking lot collisions.
Speed bumps, rumble strips and other physical devices should be used to control speed. Radar and digital devices can also be used to make drivers aware of speed. One company even made repeat speeding offenders park in a further lot as punishment for their dangerous conduct.
There are many ways in which parking lot accidents can occur. When they do, an Alabama car accident attorney can help victims protect their legal right to be compensated for their injuries and financial losses.