According to the National Safety Council (NCS), there has been an increase in drivers using their cellphones to call and text while driving through parking lots.
A recent NCS survey found that 66 percent of drivers make phone calls while driving through parking lots and 56 percent send text massages. These figures are especially concerning during the holiday season when parking lots are filled with busy holiday shoppers.
Approximately 50,000 or more car crashes happen in parking lots and garages per year, leading to an estimated 60,000 or more injuries and more than 500 deaths. In addition to these figures, traffic deaths have increased by nine percent for the first half of this year when compared to last year.
The NCS surveyed drivers and found that the most common forms of driver distraction in parking lots include:
- Using social media
- Video chatting
- Using smartwatches
- Surfing the internet
- Taking pictures
- Watching videos
While surveyed teens were less likely to talk on the phone, watch TV or use a computer while behind the wheel, they were more inclined to groom themselves while driving.
The NSC is imploring drivers to put down their cellphones while driving and use advanced driver assistance systems while in parking lots. Backup cameras and alerts can reduce the risk of a car crash and reduce pedestrian injuries.
At Gordon & Doner, we can help you fight for maximum compensation if you have been injured by a distracted driver. We know the damages that can occur and we want to help you receive the justice you deserve. Contact our car crash lawyers today for a free case review to discuss your legal options.