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Pop Quiz – Is It Safer to Back into a Parking Space?

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Car accidents occur all too often, and the chances are that you will be involved in a car accident at some point in your life.  While many accidents happen on roadways, you might be surprised to learn that the number of people injured or killed in nontraffic accidents, such as those that occur in parking lots or driveways, is actually quite high.  In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2011, nearly 1,700 people were killed and 92,000 people were injured in nontraffic accidents.  You might also be surprised to find that one way to reduce your chances of getting into a serious parking lot accident is to actually back into a parking space.  This practice is supported by the American Automobile Association (also known as “Triple A”) as the “correct” way to park as it significantly increases safety and visibility in parking lots.  Now that you know the appropriate way to park in a parking lot, the following questions are designed to test your knowledge about other factors involved in parking lot accidents.

Q:  No matter whether the accident involves a pedestrian or bicyclist, an object, or another vehicle, what are some of the injuries that one might sustain in a parking lot accident?

  1. Broken bones and lacerations
  2. Muscle strains or tendon sprains
  3. Traumatic brain injuries
  4. Serious neck and back injuries
  5. All of the above

A:  If you answered “e. All of the above,” you are correct.  No matter whether you are in an accident on a highway or in a parking lot, serious injuries are still possible.

Q:  What are some of the common causes of parking lot accidents?

  1. The size of surrounding vehicles
  2. Narrow parking spaces
  3. A vehicle equipped with inadequate safety technology such as a back-up camera
  4. Limited visibility
  5. Driver distraction
  6. All of the above

A:  Again, if you answered “yes” to all of the above then you are right.  All of these factors can cause or contribute to a parking lot accident.

Q: What are some things you can do to reduce the risk of getting into a parking lot accident?

  1. Back into a parking space
  2. Look and listen for children or other pedestrians
  3. No matter whether you are backing out or pulling forward, go slowly
  4. If you are backing out, physically look behind you, use your mirrors, and check your blind spots
  5. All of the above

A:  Once more, yes to “all of the above.”  These are just a few safety tips you can follow in order to exit your parking space safely.

Contact a Long Island Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, it is important that you consult with an experienced Long Island Car Accident Attorney right away to determine whether you have a viable claim.  At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, our attorneys have a record of achieving significant results for our clients, and they will work hard to make sure you obtain the best possible results in your case.

Call our attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP today at (516) 358-6900 to learn how we might help you.  We are available 24/7 so don’t hesitate to contact us at any time, day or night.

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