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Avoid a parking lot car accident this holiday season

The holiday season is here, and malls and stores will be buzzing with activity as Berks County shoppers tackle their gift lists. As motor vehicle activity increases in area parking lots, the danger to pedestrians can dramatically increase. It is important for everyone to keep a proper lookout while navigating busy parking lots.

The American Automobile Association provides a number of tips to motorists who wish to drive safely in parking lots this holiday season. First, driving slowly is a great idea. This includes backing up slowly. No matter how big of a hurry someone may be in, it is not worth possibly causing injury to another person. Drivers should stay off their phones and give their undivided attention to the task of driving.

Motorists should consider parking in farther away, less busy parts of parking lots if feasible. This can reduce the chances of an injurious car accident involving a pedestrian. It can also save time as motorists deal with fewer other cars searching for the perfect parking spot.

Keep a special lookout for child pedestrians, as the can be harder to see and more likely to make unpredictable movements. Hold children's hands while walking in busy parking lots.

Motorists should avoid parking between two much larger vehicles if possible, since larger vehicles can impede a motorist's view of the surrounding area. Headlights make vehicles easier to see, even in the daytime, so motorists should consider turning on their headlights while navigating parking lots.

What happens if a person is injured by a negligent driver in a parking lot? It may be possible to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.

Source: Kittanning Paper, "Parking Lots are Hazards During Holidays," Nov. 24, 2017

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