As an experienced Kansas City pedestrian accident attorney, I know very well how dangerous parking lots can be for those walking to and from their cars. In fact, one in every five motor vehicle accidents occurs in a parking lot. But what can Kansas City pedestrians and drivers do to reduce the number of parking lot accidents? I've provided a list of tips so that driver and pedestrians can make parking lots a safer place.

How Drivers Can Avoid Parking Lot Accidents

  • Drive the speed limit. If no speed limit is posted, drive 10 mph or slower

  • Be aware when passing near the store front. Many stores now have stop signs and pedestrian crosswalks

  • Even if there is a pedestrian crosswalk, don't expect that everyone will use it

  • Ensure your mirrors are properly adjusted and check behind you before slowly backing out of a parking space

  • Don't assume a pedestrian sees you, always try to make eye contact

  • ALWAYS yield to pedestrians, they have the right of way

  • Be aware of other moving vehicles and people walking between vehicles

How Pedestrians Can Avoid Parking Lot Accidents

  • Treat the parking lot like you would the road, always be aware of moving vehicles

  • Don't assume a driver sees you, always try to make eye contact

  • Look before walking between vehicles

  • Hold small children's hands and use the crosswalk if one is provided

  • Don't use your cell phone while walking in a parking lot

  • Be aware of cars backing out of parking spaces, look for back up lights.

The pedestrian injury attorneys at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys are dedicated to helping you and your loved ones stay safe in parking lots. If you were injured in a parking lot accident, we may be able to help your recover damages from your accident. You could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Please give us a call at (816) 471-5111 to speak with our knowledgeable staff. You can request a free copy of our book, "Don't Wreck Your Injury Claim," for more information.


James Roswold
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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.
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