As Catherine Dunbar, 93, was making her way through the Sam’s Club parking lot located on Youree Drive in Shreveport, she was struck by a vehicle. KTBS reported that Dunbar was in a wheelchair at the time when Princeston Adams, 19, backed up out of a parking space and hit Dunbar. When medics arrived, they transported the woman to Willis-Knighton Pierremont Health Center but after a few days, she succumbed to her injuries.
Sadly, this is the time of year when parking lot accidents tend to occur most resulting in victims suffering from serious and even fatal injuries. The National Safety Council (NSC) stated that “tens of thousands of crashes occur in parking lots and garage structures annually, resulting in hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries. And, around the holidays, parking lots become even more dangerous.” But why?
After an NSC public opinion poll was taken, it was discovered that “66% of drivers nationwide said they would make phone calls while driving through parking lots. Other who participated in the poll also admitted to engaging in other types of distracted behavior when driving through parking lots. Below are the findings from the poll:
- 63% said they would program their GPS system
- 56% said they were texting
- 52% admitted to using social media
- 50% said they were sending or receiving emails
- 49% were either taking photos or watching a video
With that information in mind coupled with the recent accident that claimed the life of 93-year-old Catherine Dunbar, we are urging both pedestrians and drivers to be vigilant when walking or driving through parking lots to help prevent from engaging in a crash or being hit by a vehicle. Although you may be under the impression that the chaos in parking lots has calmed down seeing that Christmas has officially passed, it doesn’t mean the parking lots are now safe.
In fact, they may even be more hectic than they were prior to the holiday as there will be plenty of people prepping for New Year’s Eve along with others who are returning and exchanging holiday gifts. Therefore, we ask that you take these safety tips the NSC has to offer and implement them the next time you find yourself in a parking lot.
- Stay in your lane and avoid cutting across the parking lot.
- Drive slowly and use directional signals.
- Try and anticipate the actions of other drivers.
- Obey all stop signs and no-parking signs.
- When backing out, be aware that there may be other vehicles passing behind you or pedestrians who are walking to or from their vehicle.
- Watch for small children and parents with baby strollers.
- It’s recommended that you conduct a quick, 360-degree walk-around before you attempt to back out of your parking space. You also will want to keep an eye out for low-lying objects that can’t be seen in your rear-view or side mirrors.
- Don’t rely completely on technology as it does have a tendency to fail us. Instead, take the time to look over your shoulder and use your mirrors as you back up to avoid from hitting someone you didn’t see in your back up camera.
Were you or someone you know involved in a parking lot accident in Shreveport?
If you answered yes, then it is likely you have many questions that have yet to be answered such as:
- How much are my injuries worth?
- Should I sue the driver who hit me or my car?
- What are the steps I must take if I choose to sue?
- Should the at-fault party’s insurer pay me and how long will it take before I receive any form of compensation?
Now, if you would like answers to these questions or others, contact the Shreveport, LA car accident lawyers at Campbell, House & Cummins today by calling 318-855-0285 to schedule an initial consultation. Our lawyers are available 24/7 and are here to address any concerns you might have following the recent accident you were involved in.
Campbell, House & Cummins, Attorneys at Law can be reached at:
333 Texas Street, Ste 1300
Shreveport, LA 71101
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