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Pull-Forward Parking Is More Dangerous Than Backing Into a Space

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Like many Americans, you may routinely drive forward into parking spaces and back up when you leave at malls, grocery stores, and big box retailers. However, this may not be the safest way to park. You may not be able to see pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicles—especially if you are parked between large trucks or vehicles like SUVs.

Rear Cross Traffic Alert Systems May Not Provide Adequate Protection

According to a recent AAA survey, 76 percent of Americans often park by pulling forward into the space. With the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center, AAA tested traffic alert systems designed to warn drivers of reversing vehicles when there is traffic, a person, or another object behind them. The study found serious limitations in these systems such as not doing the following:

  • Warning the driver of a bicyclist behind his vehicle 40 percent of the time
  • Warning of a passing motorcyclist 48 percent of the time
  • Alerting the driver to vehicles passing behind him 30 percent of the time
  • Detecting pedestrians behind a vehicle 60 percent of the time, although some of the devices were not designed to do so.

The study recommended using safety technology like the rear cross traffic alert systems as an aid to their own driving skills—not as a substitute. Reversing into the parking space or driving forward from one space into the one in front of it are safer parking practices.

If the driver who hit you in a parking lot parked by pulling forward, he may not have seen you when he reversed out of the parking space. Even if he was driving slowly, you could have suffered serious injuries—especially if you were a pedestrian or bicyclist. Call me at 888.716.8021 and I’ll explain your legal options and the compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and emotional trauma that you could be entitled to.

Category: Auto Accidents


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