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Why do such a high percentage of car accidents occur in parking lots?

On Behalf of | Dec 28, 2023 | Car Accidents

MotorBiscuit reported parking lot and garage accidents account for 20% of all car crashes. So, while parking lots seem like benign spaces where we park our cars, they are surprisingly common hotspots for car accidents.

The reasons behind the high percentage of accidents in these areas are diverse, yet understanding them can contribute to safer driving practices.

Close quarters

Unlike open roads, parking lots often have limited space, and cars are in close quarters. Maneuvering in and out of parking spaces becomes a delicate dance. The tight spaces leave little room for error, increasing the likelihood of collisions.

Chaotic environment

Shoppers walking to and from stores, children darting between cars and drivers searching for parking spaces create a chaotic environment. With multiple elements in play, it becomes essential for drivers to remain vigilant and exercise caution to avoid accidents.

Visibility challenges

Many lots lack proper lighting, and blind spots are common due to the arrangement of vehicles. Drivers may struggle to see pedestrians, oncoming traffic or obstacles, which increases the risk of collisions. Heightened awareness and the use of mirrors can help mitigate these visibility challenges.


Drivers often multitask while navigating parking lots. Whether it is checking their phones, adjusting the radio or engaging in conversations, distractions can lead to accidents. Drivers have compromised reaction times and decision-making abilities in these situations.

Lack of rules

Unlike roads with clear traffic signals and signage, parking lots often lack consistent guidelines. This ambiguity can lead to confusion among drivers, resulting in misinterpretations and accidents.

Parking lots harbor a surprisingly high percentage of car accidents. Acknowledging the factors that contribute to crashes and adopting vigilant driving habits can contribute to a safer environment in these spaces.


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