On any given day, you and your family will likely walk through a parking lot. Parking lots are everywhere and provide essential parking close to your favorite stores, attractions, and more. While generally no harm will befall you when walking or driving in a parking lot, on occasion, parking lot accidents can occur. Last year, a parking lot accident turned fatal when an older woman trying to back out of a space hit a group of people, killing three of them. Our Miami pedestrian accident attorneys have found a report, released by the Florida Highway Patrol, that states the 79 year old driver was backing out of a parking spot in a Chevrolet Tahoe when she kept going and rammed the group of pedestrians. Three died as a result of their extensive injuries.
A Fort Lauderdale accident the year prior killed two men. A young woman who was intoxicated at the time of the crash killed two homeless men. She failed to negotiate a turn and drove into a parking lot, striking the men that had been sitting there.
The Miami pedestrian accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano have assisted in a number of parking lot accidents, some involving pedestrian accidents and others involving multiple vehicles. Pedestrian accidents are among the most serious of parking lot accidents. The following is a look at some parking lot safety tips designed to keep you and your family safe while parking or walking in a parking lot.
Parking Lot Safety Tips
- Stay alert: Always be aware of your surroundings when you are in a parking lot. Watch for cars cutting across the lot, speeding down aisles, or backing out without looking. Always drive slowly in a parking lot and use your turn signal.
- Walk to and from your vehicle safely: When you are walking to and from your car or even just passing through a parking lot, never dart between parked cars. Listen for cars and check of illuminated brake lights that will signal a car backing up. Hold the hands of all small children and instruct them never to run in a parking lot.
- Look closely before backing out: If you are parked and about to back your vehicle out of a space, look closely for the presence of pedestrians. Check your rear view mirror, side mirrors, and physically turn your head to check behind you. Exit the parking lot slowly and cautiously. If it is possible and legal in your area, pull out head first when the spot in front of you is empty. This can minimize the chance of accidents.
Anyone injured in a parking lot accident should consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Your personal injury attorney will review your case and assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano: Assisting Pedestrian Accident Victims Across Florida
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident in South Florida, the Miami Automobile Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano are here to help. We have over 130 collective years of experience representing pedestrian accident victims across the state. From the moment you contact our firm, we will fight to see that your case receives the dedication and attention it deserves. We received a coveted AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and the Miami Herald ranked us as a top firm in South Florida. Put our exceptional pedestrian accident attorneys to work on your case. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.