Some common causes of car park accidents
Vehicles in car parks can be involved in a number of accidents, from scrapes and dents to more serious collisions.
There are a number of factors which can contribute to accidents in a car park, often associated with the driver’s abilities, conditions or driving behaviours.
We’ve broken down these behaviours & factors that contribute to car park accidents:
Reckless driving is a term used to describe a range of dangerous or negligent behaviours behind the wheel.
It can encompass:
Running stop signs
Reckless driving is one of the leading causes of accidents and fatalities on our roads and car parks. It is taken very seriously by the law.
If someone is driving recklessly through or within a car park, they are more likely to cause an accident.
Reckless driving is not always easy to define. Generally speaking, it is considered a traffic violation if the driver’s actions create “a substantial and unjustifiable risk of harm to persons or property”.
There are many reasons why someone might drive recklessly through a car park.
They may be trying to:
If someone has collided with your car in a car park from driving recklessly, it’s likely that you will be able to make a non-fault claim against them to cover the damages and losses.
Call our Non-fault New Accident Claims team now on 0330 128 1407 or click here to begin a non-fault accident claim with Auto Claims Assist.
Distracted driving is any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the task of driving.
Distracted driving is dangerous because it reduces a driver’s reaction time and ability to focus on their surroundings. Distracted driving causes thousands of car accidents each year and results in hundreds of needless deaths.
Distracted driving is a serious problem that has only grown more prevalent over time with the increasing number of high-tech distractions available to us.
There are a number of reasons why someone might drive distracted through a car park
Many people believe that they can multitask and safely handle several tasks at once. However, this is not the case when it comes to driving, especially in a car park. Even if you are only taking your eyes off the route for a few seconds to check your phone or take a drink, this is enough time for a serious accident to occur.
In the UK, our laws restrict the use of mobile phones while driving, but even these measures are not enough to prevent all distracted driving accidents.
Many people engage in other activities while driving that can be distracting, such as eating or putting on makeup. These types of distractions can also significantly reduce your reaction time and ability to focus on the road.
Some drivers may drive distracted in a car park because they feel rushed or pressured to get somewhere quickly. However, it is important to remember that safety should always come first when behind the wheel.
All of these types of distractions are likely common issues when driving through a car park:
People might be running late and are setting off quickly
To speed things up, they may continue their daily routine in the car while exiting a car park
They may be bored or impatient and decide to use their mobile phone in a car park
The pace of a car park is much slower than our standard roads, therefore people may believe that allowing that distraction is more acceptable as a result.
The reality couldn’t be further from the truth: Car parks can be busy, small, versatile places that need careful navigation and full alertness to the ever-changing route ahead.
Some tips for avoiding distractions while driving include:
Not yielding/giving right of way
Giving the right of way on the road means yielding to someone else who is legally allowed to go first at an intersection or in any other type of situation on the road.
When people are driving, they should always be aware of their surroundings and follow the laws and rules that keep everyone safe on the road.
It’s a critical and dangerous infraction to fail to yield when driving within any car park.
Any drivers and pedestrians with the right of way should be allowed to go ahead before a vehicle’s progression continues that doesn’t have the right of way. Ultimately, giving the right of way on the road is all about being responsible, courteous, and aware of what is happening.
There are a few possible reasons why someone might not give the right of way in a car park.
Whatever the reason, it’s important to remember that all car parks operate under the same set of rules, and it’s important that drivers receive their right of way.
Some car parks may also have designated lanes that drivers should follow when entering or exiting.
When using a multilane car park, it’s especially important that drivers respect these lanes and follow them closely. This not only helps to keep the traffic flowing smoothly but also helps to prevent accidents.
The right of way incidents are very common in car parks, especially when distraction or reckless driving is also a factor. It’s always best for drivers to proceed on the side of caution, giving way to the other driver.
Parking illegally in a car park generally means parking without a permit or parking in a space that is not designated for parking.
On a standard day, this might result in a parking fine or the driver’s car being towed, but sometimes it might cause a car accident.
Most people wouldn’t think of parking illegally as a serious issue, but it can lead to some dangerous accidents.
When drivers park in unauthorised areas, this often creates issues for other car park users.
Car parks often have narrow lanes and tight turns. It doesn’t take much for an illegally parked vehicle to intercept the, what should be, correct flow of traffic.
Understanding fault when a collision occurs with an illegally parked car can be complex. The determination will be made from a detailed assessment of how the collision occurred.
If you have had a collision with an illegally parked car, ensure to collect as much detail as possible and be sure to draw a diagram of how the illegally parked car was the cause of the accident.
The conditions of the car park
If the car park has poor lighting, poorly maintained surfaces and cars parked too close to each other, this can lead to accidents of vehicles.
Car accidents in car parks are most often caused by human error, but the car park itself might have contributing factors to the accident.
If the car park is poorly lit and this led to your accident, then the car park could be held liable. This is because the car park owner has a responsibility to maintain safe and well-lit conditions for people visiting the premises.
Another factor that can contribute to accidents in car parks is poorly maintained surfaces. If a car park has:
Then these conditions can lead to accidents.