Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: How to Safely Navigate a Parking LotAugust 15, 2016
Anyone who has ever been in a busy parking lot knows that there will be plenty of pedestrians walking around, looking for their car, and not paying close attention to other cars looking for spots. There are also distracted drivers who are looking for a spot, and who may not be paying close attention to the pedestrians roaming the lot, looking for their car. The busier the parking lot, the more likely it is that a motorist, or a pedestrian can be injured in an accident.
According to a report by the Washington Post, approximately one in five car accidents take place in parking lots. This large number may be due in part to the fact that people do not always know who has the right of way in a parking lot. This confusion can lead to a wreck. The rule of thumb in parking lots is to consider what type of lane you are in and drive accordingly. If you are in a thoroughfare lane – a wider lane that exits to the street – you have the right of way. If you are in a feeder lane – a smaller lane that ends and begins at the thoroughfare, you must yield to the traffic in the thoroughfare, Baltimore car accident lawyers advise.
In addition, if you are pulling out of a parking space, you must wait to proceed until the car driving through the lane has passed. Vehicles coming out of a parking space are like cars pulling out of a driveway onto the street. The vehicle that is already moving has the right of way.
Best Way to Avoid Parking Lot Accidents
Driving slowly and cautiously is the best way to avoid hitting a pedestrian, or another driver in a parking lot. Regardless of who is at fault in different scenarios, all drivers must take responsibility, and use extra caution in order to prevent parking lot accidents.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Protect the Rights of Victims Injured in Parking Lot Accidents
Parking lots can be busy, dangerous places with distracted drivers and pedestrians coming and going. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a parking lot accident, contact Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton so that we may examine the details of your case and ensure that your rights are protected. We will not stop until we obtain the maximum financial compensation for your injuries. For a complementary consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent people injured in rear-end collisions throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.