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Can drivers be injured in parking lot accidents?

The holiday week was punctuated with a snowstorm on what is arguably the busiest travel day of the year: the day before Thanksgiving. Of course, there were a number of travel warnings and advisories, and it appears that many drivers took heed to warnings about reducing speed, keeping safe distances between vehicles, and not driving aggressively.

As the weekend goes on, the weather is markedly better. However, would you be surprised if the risk of accidents actually may go up? As surprising as it may be, shopping mall parking lots may be just as dangerous as the open road. Indeed, drivers may not end up being killed in a parking lot accident, but the chances for damages are still high.

Think about it, there are many more cars than usual, and the competition for parking spots can be fierce. Also rising tensions generated from the desire to beat everyone to coveted deals may lead drivers to take chances that they normally would not take.

Nevertheless, drivers must use the same measure of reasonable care while in mall parking lots as they would on the highway. If a driver does not exercise this level of care, and an accident occurs because of it, the offending driver could be held liable for the injuries and property damage sustained in the crash.  It is not uncommon for people to be seriously injured in parking lot crashes, and those injured in these accidents may seek compensation for pain and suffering, soft tissue injuries, lost wages and property damage.

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