Most of us are concerned about getting into a car accident while on the road driving. Few of us realize the inherent dangers of just walking to and from your car in the mall or super market parking lot. Well I can tell you from experience that this is an area that requires our utmost attention.
Here is why.
People who are backing up from their parking spot getting ready to leave often have their radio blaring and they just don’t take the time to look carefully for people walking behind them. This past May a very good friend of mine was run over coming out of a Costco store by just such an inattentive driver.
My friend was with her husband and when he saw that the driver was continuing to back up into them he screamed as loud as he could and banged on the trunk of the car but to no avail. As he jumped back instinctively the car continued to back right over his wife. When she realized she had hit someone she put the car in forward and proceeded to run over her again. My friend was rushed to the hospital but she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
This sounds like a total fluke but the potential for it to happen is great. There are precautions that both you as a driver and as a pedestrian can take to avoid a parking lot tragedy.
As a Driver
1. Before backing out of a parking spot TURN OFF Your radio so you can hear someone shouting at you
2. Do not look at your phone while moving, full attention must be paid to the task at hand which is backing out safely
3. Look in your rear view mirror and BOTH side view mirrors. By looking at only one or two may you may fail to see a person walking behind you.
4. Back up SLOWLY. Very slowly. This will give both a person or another car time to react if they are behind you.
As a Pedestrian
1. If possible walk in the center of the parking lane. This is contrary to what most people do (they walk close to the trunk of the cars) and it can be awkward when there is a lot of traffic but it will give you and the driver extra time to see each other.
2. Be extremely attentive. DO NOT look at your phone while walking to your car.
3. Watch to see if there is a driver in the car or if the car is running.
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