Football games generate excited fans who gather in stadiums and watch their favorite teams battle it out on the field. While most of the action takes place on the field, stadium parking lots usually have their share of action before and after the game. Fans rush around parking lots to get the best spots and then hurry to leave following the game. In the midst of this frenzied excitement, it is easy for drivers to end up in an accident.
Parking areas and structures can be dangerous and often deadly. The National Safety Council reported that “more than 50,000 car crashes occur in parking lots and garage structures annually, resulting in 500 or more deaths and more than 60,000 injuries.” Distracted drivers mainly cause collisions when items such as cellphones pull their attention away from the road.
In order to avoid accidents in busy parking, drivers should follow these tips:
- Drive slowly
- Predict the actions of others
- Watch for children running in between cars
- Use turn signals
- Maintain lane integrity, no cutting
- Follow stop signs and other street signage
Unfortunately, accidents are sometimes unavoidable. If you are involved in a parking lot accident it is important to know how to handle the situation. First, contact the police to file a report. Filing a police report on a parking lot accident is not required, however, it is recommended. Make sure to exchange insurance information with all drivers. See if any people nearby witnessed the accident. Take pictures of the damage and the scene of the crash. This can be helpful information when filing your claim. File the insurance claim as soon as possible. If you experience problems following an accident and need legal representation, then contact Miller & Wynn.
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