When you get behind the wheel, where do you feel safest, on the freeway or in a parking lot? While highway speeds make many drivers nervous, they never think twice about driving through the lot at the grocery store. It seems like they'd never get into an accident in such a controlled setting. They're safe.
Not so fast. The statistics show that there is a far greater level of danger in a parking lot or a parking garage than you may realize. Annually, about 60,000 people suffer injuries in car accidents in these areas, and 500 people even lose their lives.
One of the reasons is driver distraction. People seem to feel like it's not dangerous to be distracted in a parking lot, perhaps because of the slow speeds. In one survey:
- 49 percent of people admitted to watching videos and taking pictures.
- 63 percent of people said they would drive and program the GPS at the same time.
- 52 percent of people would browse social media sites.
- 56 percent of people would send or read text messages.
- Roughly 50 percent of people said they'd read or send email messages.
That is what's going on around you in a parking lot. Yes, drivers may be moving slowly, but they're consistently distracted. Pus, there are a lot of them, with dozens or even hundreds of cars in the lot at the same time. Pedestrians face a high level of danger just walking to their vehicles.
If you get hit in a parking lot and suffer serious injuries, you may be able to seek financial compensation.