Drivers often let their guard down when they are entering or leaving a parking lot. When they are not operating their vehicles at any considerable speed, they may see an opportunity to take their eyes off of what is in front of them.
However, it is important to be vigilant about striking a pedestrian in a parking lot. This type of accident can result in serious bodily injury even if a car is traveling only a few miles an hour. Here are a few things to keep in mind about why you need to be conscientious about pedestrian safety in parking areas.
Drivers do not always look both ways when leaving a lot
A driver who is turning right out of a lot may look only at the traffic moving in the direction of a right lane. While waiting for the chance to exit a lot onto a thoroughfare, drivers often have to move quickly. It is easy to forget that a pedestrian may be crossing from the opposite direction.
Young children may put themselves in danger
If a parent stops watching a young child momentarily, he or she could walk into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Drivers are unlikely to be on the lookout for children darting out from behind a vehicle.
In general, parking lots can be a place where both drivers and pedestrians are susceptible to distraction. People are looking at their phones, preparing to go somewhere, or focusing on their belongings. Good situational awareness in this setting can help prevent accidents.