An Unlikely Place For Accidents

Going to the grocery store is already enough of a challenge. You have to choose between coupons, wrangle impatient children, and ignore the temptation of the sample trays in the bakery aisle. But once you’re out of that painfully slow checkout line, you’re in the parking lot and good to go, right?

Not quite! There’s one final challenge you might not be thinking about: getting out of the parking lot.

Parking lots may seem innocent. However, 1 out of every 5 vehicle accidents takes place in a parking lot, and 14% of all auto damage claims involve parking lot accidents.

In parking lots, accidents usually occur when:

  • Two cars back out of their individual spots and hit each other
  • One car backs up and collides with an oncoming vehicle
  • Two cars go for the same parking spot, but end up hitting each other
  • A car pulls forward from a parking space and collides with oncoming traffic
  • A car rear-ends another at a stop sign

Parking lot car accidents are generally not fatal. However, even minor car accidents can cause head trauma or spinal damage, especially if the person is not wearing a seatbelt to protect them during the impact. Deep tissue injuries, like whiplash, are also associated with minor crashes. If a pedestrian is hit by a car, they can sustain serious injuries, even if the car is not moving very quickly.

It’s easy to see why parking lot accidents happen. Drivers are focused on getting a good parking spot, or even double-checking their grocery list on their phone. In other cases, they might be driving more carelessly than usual, because they believe that nothing sudden or dangerous is going to happen in a low-speed parking lot. By dismissing the dangers of parking lot accidents, the situation gets worse. To prevent accidents in parking lots, drivers should:

  • Slow down!
  • Properly adjust side mirrors
  • Use their backup camera, if available, AND look over their shoulder
  • Always look out for pedestrian, stray shopping carts, or any obstructions
  • Obey all stop signs and other signage
  • Yield to pedestrians

Parking lots may be slow, but that does not mean they are always safe! Parking lots may not be highways or major intersections, but you still need to look out for the drivers and pedestrians around you.


The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.


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