Parking Dangers

As Cities Grow Parking Dangers Increase

As Cities Grow Parking Dangers Increase – Today’s guest blog is by the Smith Stag Law Firm. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Marc J. Victor, P.C.

As Cities Grow Parking Dangers Increase

As Cities Grow Parking Dangers Increase

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. According to CBS News, one in five accidents takes place in parking lots. As cities grow, and parking becomes harder and harder to find; as more people may find themselves parallel parking or park their cars in close quarters. Also, as cities become more congested, the dangers and risk of parking increases.

For example, in congested cities, you’ll find more parallel parking. Parallel parking can be dangerous for many reasons. For one, drivers need to reverse their vehicles, often in active traffic lanes in order to park. Secondly, drivers need to pull backward into a space bordered by two cars and a sidewalk which may be busy with pedestrians, bicyclists, and children. Any mistake can either result in the car breaching the sidewalk or hitting another car.

Even after a driver has safely parked, the hazards aren’t over yet. As more bikers use city roads, drivers may open their door, posing a serious and deadly risk to bikers who may not expect a sudden hazard in their line of sight. Many bikers are injured every year because they hit opened doors on parallel parking streets. Worse, as cities become more congested, cars may park closely to one another, leaving very little room on either side to park.

As Cities Grow Parking Dangers Increase

The fact is: parallel parking is hard. One driver’s education website called it the “driving equivalent of brain surgery.” It involves many maneuvers, reversals, and may require several corrections to get right. If you’ve only recently moved to a city, it may also have been many years since you’ve even attempted the maneuver. In order to properly parallel park, you’ll need to signal, check that the way behind you is clear, and move your car parallel to the front car you wish to park behind. When your front door is lined up with the front car’s rear bumper, you’ll want to steer your vehicle into the space while straightening out your car. While there are tricks to getting it right, the best way to get better is to practice.

So, how can you make parking safer? For one, if you are rusty on your parallel parking skills, it can’t hurt to brush up. Practice in an empty parking lot using cones or stones, or practice on a quiet residential street before trying to parallel park on busy city streets. Secondly, put away your cell phone. Even in traditional parking lots and garages, many accidents take place every year because drivers were distracted behind the wheel. Slow speeds don’t necessarily mean safety. Parking lots are full of pedestrians, reversing vehicles, and other unexpected hazards. Stay focused.

As Cities Grow Parking Dangers Increase

Finally, if you or a loved one has been hurt while parallel parking or while driving in a parking lot, it is important to understand your rights. You may be entitled to seek damages for your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. Visit the New Orleans, Louisiana car wreck lawyers at Smith Stag today to learn more. We can take the time to review your case, help you understand your rights, and fight for the best possible outcome under the law. Visit Smith Stag today.

 

Citations:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/parking-lot-accidents-distracted-drivers-national-safety-council

http://www.driversedguru.com/driving-articles/car-driving-skills/how-to-parallel-park

https://www.smithstag.com/practice-areas/new-orleans-car-wreck-lawyer

https://www.smithstag.com/practice-areas/new-orleans-personal-injury-law

As Cities Grow Parking Dangers Increase