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Common injuries that may happen in parking lots

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2024 | Personal Injury

Parking lots, though seemingly mundane, can be surprisingly hazardous places. With a constant flow of vehicles and pedestrians, the potential for accidents and injuries is high. Understanding the common injuries that may occur in parking lots can help you stay vigilant and take precautions to avoid them. 

Slip and fall accidents

Slip and fall accidents are prevalent in parking lots and are a common cause for premises liability cases. Poor lighting, wet or icy surfaces, and uneven pavement can all contribute to these incidents. These accidents can result in bruises, sprains, fractures, and even head injuries.

Pedestrian accidents

With cars constantly entering and exiting, parking lots pose a significant risk for vehicle-pedestrian accidents. Drivers may fail to see pedestrians, especially when backing out of parking spaces or navigating tight corners. Pedestrians can suffer serious injuries such as broken bones, head trauma, and internal injuries. Both drivers and pedestrians should exercise caution, obey traffic signs, and remain aware of their surroundings.

Vehicle collisions

Low-speed vehicle collisions are common in parking lots. Drivers reversing out of spaces or not yielding to other vehicles can lead to fender benders. While these collisions are usually minor, they can still cause whiplash, back injuries, and other soft tissue damage.

Shopping cart injuries

Shopping carts left unattended can become hazards. They can roll into vehicles or pedestrians, causing injuries such as cuts, bruises, and fractures. Returning carts to designated areas can help prevent these incidents.

Staying safe in parking lots

Drivers should always check their surroundings before moving their vehicles. By being vigilant, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of accidents and injuries in parking lots across North Carolina.