You’re a pedestrian at many times of the day, including when walking through a parking lot. This holds true when walking to and from your car at work, the shopping mall, the grocery store and your child’s school.
Even though traffic may not be as heavy as it is when crossing a major roadway, there are still safety hazards. Here are some tips you can follow to maintain your safety as a pedestrian in a parking lot:
- Watch for vehicles that are backing out: This is one of your top priorities, as drivers may not have a clear view of who or what is moving behind them. If you see someone backing out of a spot, stop where you are to give them plenty of space. You don’t want to find yourself behind a vehicle that is backing out, as this puts you at risk. Never assume that a driver will see you.
- Be cautious when opening your door: You park your car and immediately grab for the door handle. However, before you do this, look over your shoulder to ensure that another vehicle isn’t pulling in next to you. If it is, wait for the person to park before you get out. Neglecting to look could result in you stepping directly into an accident.
- Avoid distractions: Just the same as when you’re driving, you must avoid distractions as a pedestrian. Don’t get caught up on a phone call. Don’t put your head down to text. Don’t pay more attention to the bright lights of the stores than you do the traffic around you. When you avoid distractions, you’re more aware of what’s happening. And that allows you to better protect yourself.
Even though you may feel generally safe as a pedestrian in a parking lot, there’s trouble everywhere. So, from the second you pull into the lot, you should be on high alert.
If you’re injured in a car-pedestrian accident in a parking lot, assess your injuries, call for help and receive medical attention as quickly as you can. After you take those steps, you can then revisit the accident, review the police report and determine if you’re in position to obtain compensation from the negligent party.