There are many areas where people frequently get injured due to the negligence of another. As a seasoned personal injury and car accident attorney in Pasco County, FL, I’ve seen minor to very serious injuries that have resulted from auto accidents, slip and fall, and trip and fall accidents at restaurants, stores, and shopping malls. Some of the most serious injuries, however, have been those that are sustained in parking lot accidents or in parking garages across the Tampa Bay area.
Most people don’t realize that a high-risk area for being injured in a car accident or pedestrian accident is in a parking lot or parking garage? Frequently, car and pedestrian accidents that occur in parking lots and garages are caused by distracted drivers. These accidents actually increase in number during peak shopping times and in Tampa Bay, when tourism is in full swing.
What we know about the parking lot and parking garage accidents nationwide:
According to the National Safety Council parking garage and parking lot accidents account for more than 50,000 accidents or crashes that occur annually, resulting in a staggering 500 or more deaths and upwards of 60,000 injuries. Because many minor accidents in parking lots go unreported, this number could be even higher.
Car vs Car in Parking Lots or Parking Garages, Why You Should Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney
If you’ve been involved in a car accident in a parking lot or parking garage accident in Pasco, Hernando, or Citrus County, FL be sure to take your accident seriously. Consult with a car accident lawyer who can protect your rights, your health, and your financial well being.
You may think that a minor accident in a parking lot or parking garage was minor until you realize days later you in fact have been injured. It is important to understand that just as if you were on the highway, an automobile crash or motorcycle accident that results in low property damage, does NOT mean you cannot be injured. Soft tissue injuries and whiplash can be serious and if left untreated, can cause a lifetime of hurt. If you suspect you may be injured after an accident in a parking lot, seek medical treatment within 14 days of the incident. A free case review with a parking lot accident personal injury attorney will help to determine whether you have a personal injury case that would best be handled by a knowledgeable injury attorney.
Car vs Pedestrian in a Parking Lot or Parking Garage
You may have at some point either had a close encounter with a distracted or speeding driver in a parking lot or parking garage or you know someone who has. Frustrated, impatient, in-a-hurry, or distracted drivers are commonplace in parking lots. Most drivers who injured a pedestrian or a bicyclist in a parking lot were found to have been distracted by;
- Checking Email
- Watching Videos
- Adjusting GPS
Engaging in distracting activities other than paying attention to driving have resulted in pedestrians and cyclists with broken bones, soft tissue damage, head injuries, and sadly, some fatalities. If you have been hit by a car in a parking lot or parking garage in Pasco County, Hernando County, or Citrus County, FL, please call parking lot accident attorney Wendy Doyle-Palumbo for a free consultation 24/7.
Staggering Facts on Distracted Driving While in Parking Lots
Most of us don’t need the facts to realize that distracted drivers in parking lots, in parking garages, or on the highway are prevalent. We see it every day. As reported on NSC.org, a National Council public opinion poll found that;
- 66% of drivers made phone calls in a parking lot
- 63% programmed their GPS in a parking lot
- 56% texted in a parking lot or garage
- 52% used social media while driving in a parking lot
- 50% sent or received emails in a parking lot or parking garage
- 49% took photographs or watched videos while driving in a parking lot or garage
- 59% of teens engaged in personal grooming while driving in the parking lot (more than adults)
- 60% of teens made phone calls while driving in a parking lot or garage (less than adults)
(SOURCE nsc.org )
Hire an Experienced Parking Lot Accident & Injury Attorney
It’s easy to see from these statistics how distracted driving can result in auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents. If you have been injured in a car accident in a parking lot or if you have been hit by a car in a parking lot, consult with an experienced Pasco County, Florida personal injury parking lot accident attorney. Wendy Doyle-Palumbo represents the injured and will fight not only for a simple “settlement” but will go the distance to ensure that you get the best possible compensation due to you, according to Florida’s Personal Injury Law.