Here’s a little-known fact: roughly 13% of auto collisions occur in a parking lot. Granted, parking lot collisions are often less severe; damages usually only result in a dent or scratched auto paint. Nevertheless, the tight space does make impacts commonplace.
How Parking Lot Collisions Occur
The following are the most common collision scenarios in a parking lot.
- Two cars back into each other
- One car pulls out and into the lane of a passing car
- Two cars collide while competing for the same parking space
- A car rear-ends the car ahead at a stop sign
Who’s at Fault?
If the collision occurred while only one car is moving, the moving car is at fault. If both cars were in motion, the car that is backing out of a parking space is usually at fault. If both cars are pulling out, then both drivers share the liability.
How to Avoid a Parking Lot Collision
First, slow down. This sounds obvious, but you’ll be surprised how many drivers zip through a crowded parking lot. Ease up on the pedal and scan for cars that abruptly pull out. Keep the speed no more than five mph. This speed helps you maintain a 360-degree perspective of your surroundings.
You should also signal every time you plan to turn into a lane or into a parking spot. This seems to be common knowledge, but most drivers eschew signaling altogether when inside a parking lot.
Finally, always turn your head to observe when backing out. Never rely solely on your mirrors. Blind spots abound, especially if you’re parked between two vehicles.
We Fix Dents from Parking Lot Fender Benders
Bring your vehicle to Absolute Auto Body if you’ve been in a collision of any scale. Our gallery showcases some of our work, which includes dent repairs from minor fender benders from parking lot collisions.
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