Parking Lot Safety

Parking Lot Safety

August 31, 2020

There are a lot of accidents in parking lots. Whether you are a business that owns one or someone just driving and parking, it behooves you top be aware of the steps you can take to make safety a priority.

Here in Kenosha and Racine, the Valeri Agency deals with many claims related to accidents in parking lots. Whether they result from poorly thought-out parking lot design, maintenance issues or driver neglect, most of the accidents we see are avoidable.

Many times people think that accidents that happen in parking lots are generally “minor” in nature, that is not always the case. Even though a great number of the accidents are just fender-benders, there are also situations where vehicles sustain extensive damage and individuals are hurt or even killed.

Parking lot safety is really a partnership between the business and the people driving. The accidents that occur generally fall into one of four categories:

  • Vehicle to vehicle
  • Vehicle to building or other structure
  • Vehicle to person
  • Slips and falls

Vehicle to vehicle

Vehicle to vehicle accidents are often the result of one or more of the drivers not paying adequate attention to their surroundings. People have a tendency to think it is ok to text or talk on the phone in the parking lot even if they wouldn’t do that on the actual roadway. 

Vehicle to building

Vehicle to building accidents can result from icy conditions, inattentiveness or failure to have adequate car-stops for parking spaces adjacent to buildings.

Pedestrians

Vehicles injuring pedestrians happen in parking lots where drivers don’t take adequate precautions to be aware of their surroundings. According to an opinion poll by the National Safety Council, Americans engaging in the following activities contribute to unsafe conditions driving in parking lots:

  • Phone calls
  • Texting
  • Programming GPS
  • Social media/emails
  • Taking or watching photos/videos

Slips/falls

Finally, slips and falls in parking lots are usually the result of poorly maintained lots (potholes or ice) or inadequately marked changes in elevation, which creates a trip hazard.

Proper signage can help. Parking lot owners generally know where to install stop signs. But there are several other signs that can remind drivers to be aware of. 

  • Stay in your lane
  • Drive slow
  • Use your signal lights
  • Be aware of other drivers/pedestrians
  • Use caution backing up
  • Be aware of children

Proper lighting is always important to keep your parking lot safe from accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

There are other simple things you can do to be safe in parking lots. Lock your doors. Put valuables or previous purchases out of sight. Park in highly visible parking spots.

The Valeri Agency wants you to be safe before, during and after you park your car. For more information on parking lot safety, read this blog by our partners at West Bend Insurance.

 

Be safe out there.

 

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