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Storeowners in malls and shopping establishments throughout the country eagerly await the onslaught of shoppers that converge each holiday season. Shoppers buy thoughtful gifts and hunt for seasonal deals, but they do not always fully consider the safety of this activity. While stores are generally considered safe, shoppers can sometimes forget that danger may be lurking in the parking lot, just outside the doors.
Shoppers are often warned to stay alert for danger in parking lots as they return to their cars with their newly purchased merchandise. The lure of expensive gifts can make you a target for thieves. With hands full of bags, fingers fumbling for keys, and eyes distracted from your surroundings, you could become the victim of a sinister attack. The advice to be alert and cautious is certainly warranted, however, thieves and attackers are not the only dangers to avoid in parking lots and garages.
Busy holiday-season parking lots, with their tight parking spaces, congested aisles, and abundance of pedestrians, can present a host of possible headaches. The following are some tips to avoid potential parking lot pitfalls:
Obey traffic rules: Just because you are not driving on the street does not mean you should flout traffic rules. Use your turn signal when turning and use your headlights to remain visible after dark. Also, do not drive across the lot, cutting through open parking spaces; use the aisles as intended so other drivers and pedestrians can predict traffic patterns.
Pick a good spot: Instead of aiming for the parking spot closest to the building, consider factors besides the shortest walk. A spot farther back might help you prevent shopping cart dings or give you more space to get in and out of the car, but no matter the proximity to the door, your chosen parking spot should be safe. The main objective of a parking spot search should be to ensure that when you return, you can easily find your car in a well-lit spot.
Back into your spot: If you back into your parking spot, you will have an easier time leaving when it is dark and the lot is more densely packed with people and cars.
Pedestrian dangers: While walking to and from your car, watch for other cars backing out of spots. Just as you should stick to the appropriate car path while driving, you should make sure to use crosswalks as a pedestrian, making your intentions predictable for those around you.
Slip and falls: Be conscious of your footing while walking on un-leveled ground or slick walkways. Walk in lighted areas and stay alert for objects in your path.
If you were injured in a car accident or other incident in a parking lot, you should contact a Delaware personal injury lawyer at Rhoades & Morrow. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 302-427-9500. Located in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, we serve clients throughout the state, including the areas of Elsmere and Seaford.