Parking lot safety and pedestrian accidents in Chicago are in focus as shoppers prepare for Black Friday and the holiday season beyond.
As we reported earlier this month on our Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, early dark and the arrival of winter weather both increase the risk of Chicago pedestrian accidents. Nationwide, 4,378 pedestrians were killed in accidents in 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Fatal Illinois pedestrian accidents claimed 135 lives.The holiday shopping season and parking lot hazards carry their own risk of injury. Parking lot pedestrian accidents, backover accidents and slip and fall accidents are a few of the common dangers. Premise liability accidents may also occur from overcrowding, wet and slippery floors and merchandise falling from high shelves.
Shopping and Parking Lot Tips for Illinois Drivers:
-Park in a well-lit area as close to your destination as possible.
-Close your windows and lock your doors.
-Do not leave presents or valuables in plain view.
-Remember where you parked your car.
-Shop with a friend or family member.
-Condense items into one or two bags instead of carrying many bags through the parking area.
-Purchase most expensive items at the end of the day to avoid carrying them around or leaving them in the car.
-Have keys ready when walking to your car.
-Be aware of your surroundings.
-Lock doors after getting into the cars.
-Pay particular attention when backing up.
-Follow parking lot signs and pavement markings — go with the proper flow of traffic.
-Beware loose shopping carts.
-Pay particular attention to small children.