Finding parking can be a headache, but if you happen to get into a parking lot accident it can be a mess. It is important to know what to do and how to determine who is liable in a parking lot accident.
Right of Way in a Parking Lot
Every parking lot is different, but general rules apply regarding the right of way. Even though there are no lane markings, drivers are expected to travel on the right side of the parking lanes. This also holds true for the larger through lanes that run on the perimeter. A vehicle ion one of the parking lot through lanes has the right of way. Vehicles approaching the through lanes from the parking lanes must wait for the lane to be clear before entering traffic.
When exiting a parking space, particularly when backing out, it is important to be sure the parking lane is free from other vehicles and pedestrians. Wait for another car that has already begun backing out of a space before backing out of yours. A common parking lot accident occurs when two vehicles back out simultaneously and do not see each other. In this case, fault will be difficult to determine, and it is important not to admit fault at the scene of the accident. Consult with a car wreck lawyer who can handle all interactions with the insurance companies for you.
As with any accident, call the police and document what happened by taking pictures and writing down eyewitness accounts. Exchange contact information with the other driver, including their name, address, phone number, driver’s license information, and insurance company.
If you hit another car in a parking lot and the other driver is not there, you must try to find them or leave a note. Failure to do so could result in hit-and-run charges, as many lots are under surveillance.
Tips for Avoiding Parking Lot Accidents
Crowded parking lots can make for chaotic driving situations. The following are tips that will help you stay safe:
- Park in the least congested areas to avoid the crowds
- Park as straight as possible within your space to give cars on both sides of you room to maneuver
- Obey posted signs, speed limits, and always use your turn signals
- Stay in your lane and do not cut across the parking spaces
- Use back up cameras, but also turn your head and check before backing up
- Be aware of the vehicles and pedestrians around you. Make eye contact with other drivers to confirm that they see you. Drive slowly to allow for unforeseen obstacles and events
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