Car accidents that happen in Arkansas and cause the kind of serious property damage that can necessitate a lawyer, often happen in one particular hazardous driving zone: Parking lots.
Just under 20 percent of all car accident insurance claims originate with an incident that happened in a parking lot.
Whether you’re gathering holiday gifts or simply making a routine run to the supermarket, here are three tips to help you avoid a parking lot car accident.
Parking Lot Safety Tip No. 1: Optimize peripheral vision. A significant portion of parking lot accidents happen because drivers develop tunnel vision. They become so fixated on reaching a particular parking spot that they fail to notice the pedestrians or other vehicles around them.
Parking Lot Safety Tip No. 2: Park facing outward. Pulling backwards out of a parking spot always means negotiating blind spots. That’s why roughly a quarter of parking lot accidents happen when a driver is backing up. If space allows, drivers can alleviate this risk by parking in a way that allows them to pull forward as they exit their parking spot.
Parking Lot Safety Tip No. 3: Use extra courtesy. Some drivers are reckless in parking lots because parking lots rarely have signage reminding drivers of traffic laws or common driving courtesies. But parking lots tend to be crowded and congested. This should dictate an even higher level of defensive driving than on normal streets and highways.
If you live in or around Little Rock, Arkansas and find yourself in need of an experienced car accident lawyer, please contact The Law Offices of Alan LeVar online today or call (888) 220-7068 to schedule a free case consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers.