A fatal accident in Acton, Massachusetts on March 1st, 2017 is drawing attention to the importance of parking lot safety. A 62-year-old employee of Trader Joe’s was struck and killed in the parking lot of the store by an 18-year-old driver. The 18-year-old was backing out of a parking space when he ran over the woman.
Though fatal accidents in parking lots are relatively rare, more minor accidents are extremely commonplace. People are used to their car getting dinged or having the paint scraped by other vehicles and by shopping carts, but these minor incidents simply serve to illustrate the danger of so many moving vehicles in such a small area.
Shoppers are often in a hurry in these places, trying to get in and out as fast as they can. Their haste makes things even more dangerous. Too often people don’t check their blind spots when backing out of parking spaces, and shoppers pushing carts or carrying bags are at risk of being struck. Younger and less experienced drivers can be even more prone to not properly surveying their environment before starting to back out.
If you are walking in a parking lot, it is important that you are always aware of your surroundings. Though the driver of the vehicle who hits you will be at fault for the accident, you will be the one suffering serious injuries or risking death. Always keep an eye out for brake lights coming on or going off, indicating whether a car is about to move towards you. The low speed of these collisions mitigates the danger somewhat, but accidents where a car strikes a person are always extremely dangerous. The weight of the car and the general fragility of the human body mean that even a very low-speed collision can cause significant injury and crushing injuries can easily be fatal if the car runs the person over.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident, affording proper medical care can be difficult, and missing some amount of work is common. It is important that you are compensated for your pain, suffering, and lost employment opportunities. It is best to consult a qualified attorney to help you make your case.