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    Top tips for car park safety


    Car parks can be found in most areas, and are very practical and safe places to leave your car. However, it pays to be alert when using them, whether you are driving or leaving or returning to your car on foot. This is because accidents can also potentially happen in these places, which can in turn lead to injuries.

    Firstly, you should always observe any signs or signals that are present in the car park. Make sure you follow the arrows that lead you round the car park; very often they have their own enclosed one-way systems to help avoid people running into each other. Always ensure you observe these. Furthermore, watch out for people reversing out of spaces or trying to manoeuvre into them. You may think the way is clear but someone might suddenly reverse into your path.

    Watch out for people on foot

    Another aspect of good car park safety is to be alert for people who are on foot. There will be people looking to go back to their vehicles as well as those just leaving them. They may not be easy to see, and if your attention is firmly fixed on finding a parking space, you could end up knocking into someone.

    Keep your speed low as well. There should be a limit posted as you enter the car park, but if not, stay in a low gear and don’t go any faster than you need to. You never know when someone might step out in front of you, or if you might turn a corner and be confronted by another car.

    Do accidents often happen in car parks?

    They do, and while some are minor and involve no real damage, others can be more serious. Car park safety measures do help reduce the instances of injuries to drivers and pedestrians, but this doesn’t mean everyone will escape injury.

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    You may already be aware of this if someone else injured you while you were using a car park. Regardless of what happened, you may suspect that person was responsible for the accident occurring in the first place. If so, a no win, no fee compensation claim may be successful if you decide to make one. Accident Advice Helpline can see whether this is the case, so call now on 0800 689 0500 completely free of charge to find out.

    Date Published: February 1, 2016

    Author: Allison Whitehead

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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