When you head to the supermarket, shopping mall, concert hall or convention center, you expect the car that got you there will be patiently awaiting your return, having arrived at your destination without a problem. But every year, motorists get much more than they bargained for – and not in a good way.
That’s because for tens of thousands of Americans every year, parking lots are the site of accidents, topping as many as 50,000 annually, according to the National Safety Council. While some of these incidents happen when the owners are away from their vehicles, others occur upon arrival, leaving 60,000 injured, some of them pedestrians.
When you’re away from your car, the party responsible is obviously the motorist who struck it. But in cases when there is more than one driver, who’s at fault is often a game of “he said, she said.” How do you know who is really to blame? There are a few general rules, which are important to know should your injuries require medical attention.
Fault typically goes to car moving
Stop-and-go traffic is the norm in parking lots, as motorists wait to occupy spaces being vacated. If a driver is moving and another isn’t, it’s almost always the one who is in motion that will be blamed. As always, there are exceptions to this rule, such as if a driver is illegally parked and the positioning of the vehicle was such that an accident was likely.