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What are the traffic rules in a parking lot?

Parking lot accidents often don't get reported because they tend not to cause much damage and rarely result in injuries. However, there are times when cars are damaged beyond repair, pedestrians are hit and injured or passengers or drivers feel the sting of an impact.

Who's to blame in a parking lot accident? That can sometimes be a difficult question to answer. Fortunately, there is a relatively straightforward way to know who's at fault.

First, if you're driving in the main roadway or thoroughfare, you have the right of way over those coming from the parking lot aisles. The thoroughfare typically circles the parking lot and exits onto a highway or road.

Next, if you're in a designated pedestrian crossing, you have the right of way over vehicles. Drivers must stop for pedestrians in these crossings. If you are walking through a parking lot, drivers waiting to back out must wait for you to cross their paths safely. Any driver who is pulling out of a space must yield to anyone in the parking lot's feeder lane.

There are also times when a driver is automatically at fault. For instance, if a driver pulls in and hits your vehicle with a door, he or she is automatically responsible for that accident. Likewise, if you are parked and are hit by an oncoming vehicle, the driver of that vehicle is responsible for the accident.

If you're involved in a parking lot accident, your attorney can help you complete a claim against the negligent or distracted driver who hit you. There are rules for traffic in all places, and it's important drivers are held responsible when they break them,

Source: Insurance Hotline, "What Happens if You’re in a Parking Lot Accident? [Updated]," accessed March 03, 2017

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