Woman Killed in Fulton County Parking Lot Accident
On Thursday, April 9, a 77 year old woman was struck while walking in an Applebee's parking lot. The pedestrian accident happened at approximately 3 p.m. in Fulton County. A 19 year old man was backing up when he hit the victim. She tragically died at the scene of the accident and the driver has been charged with Homicide by Vehicle.
Pedestrian Accidents in Parking Lots are on the Rise
Parking lots are found across the United States, concentrated especially in urban areas like Atlanta. Parking lots can be found near restaurants, shops, businesses, schools, hotels, apartment complexes, and other busy places. Recently, statistics also reveal that the number of pedestrian accidents in parking lots has increased. Consequently, many pedestrian accidents now occur near the above types of areas.
Children are at Risk
Children are some of the most common parking lot accident victims. Young children between the ages of five and nine are often hit by cars attempting to exit the parking lot. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 22 percent of all fatal accidents involving children were pedestrians. Moreover, backing up was the number one cause of these accidents.
Causes of Parking Lot Accidents
There are several instances that give rise to parking lot accidents, including, but not limited to:
- Drivers backing up to exit the parking lot and not adequately looking behind them;
- Drivers entering the parking lot in a hurry to reach an open spot while neglecting to watch out for pedestrians;
- Congestion and numerous cars entering or exiting, as well as many pedestrians
- Unenforceable traffic laws in parking lots, sometimes leading to reckless behavior.
- Several areas within the parking lot that pose particular dangers;
- The exit area of the parking lot, where vehicles are pulling out quickly and may not check for pedestrians;
- Places with low lighting that could lead to pedestrian accidents; and
- Areas of the parking lot where snow, ice, or rainfall/water tend to accumulate.
Staying Safe in Parking Lots
If you are walking though a parking lot, it is critical that you watch closely for cars backing up or pulling into spaces. Stay in areas designated for pedestrian crossings and away from open parking places. Pay attention and do not text or engage in other distracting behavior while walking in a parking lot. Be sure to pick up or hold the hands of your small children, as cars are likely not to see them.
Drivers should similarly take steps to ensure the safety of pedestrians, including checking all blind spots before backing out, vigilantly looking for pedestrians, storing your cell phone, complying with posted signs, and turning on headlights to maximize visibility.
Montlick & Associates Provides Aggressive Representation for Parking Lot Accident Victims
Parking lot accidents, particularly those involving pedestrians, can have devastating consequences. No one, whether they are out shopping, dining at restaurants, or walking in a mall parking lot, expects to be hit by a car, but sadly these accidents occur all too often. If you have been injured in a parking lot accident, the Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates will fight to see that you obtain the compensation you deserve. With over thirty years of experience representing accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast, our firm will represent your interests to the fullest extent. We will seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more.
Your time to legally pursue compensation is limited so do not delay.
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