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What to do to avoid being struck in a parking lot

As you've ventured out for the holidays, you're probably noticed an uptick in cars in shopping center or mall parking lots. With more motorists flocking to stores, it seems that an increase in car crashes or pedestrians being struck comes with it.

In order to minimize your risk of serious injury if you are struck in a parking lot, you should make sure to always fasten your seat belt, drive in alignment with the posted speed limit and to slow down for speed bumps. You should also make sure to always yield or stop in accordance with posted signs, use your turn signals and always run your headlights.

It's important to constantly scan the lot for errant cars being driven by shoppers more focused on the store they're trying to find than staying out of your driving path. Shopping centers that have post offices are particularly dangerous as far as this is concerned. Individuals may be carrying packages that obstruct their vision of cars. There may be an increased flow of foot traffic in these types of areas as well.

You should always be on the lookout for motorist cutting through lanes or speeding up in an effort to reach that prized closer parking spot closer to their favorite shop.

Also beware of instances in which trash or delivery trucks or workers are driving their cars out of nonpublic driveways, where they may not be expected to emerge from. It's also important to be particularly cautions around mall exits as motorist tend to stop around them.

While it's always considered a good practice to be on the lookout for kids, distracted pedestrians or aggressive-driving motorists in parking lots, you can only do so much to avoid becoming involved in a car crash. If you've been seriously injured in collision, then a St. Clair Shores, Michigan, car accident attorney may advise you of your right to file a lawsuit in your case.

Source: Cumberland, "Parking Lot Accident Exposure Increases during the Holidays!," Holly Czuba, accessed Nov. 29, 2017

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