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Are parking lots no-fault zones?

Pedestrians are injured every day because of choices they make and because of the choices made by negligent and distracted drivers. The only way to help reduce pedestrian accidents is to help drivers understand the need for better driving without distractions and to make pedestrians understand that they also need to follow the rules of the road.

When you're on the road as a driver, you're careful to make sure no pedestrians get struck by your car. When you're a pedestrian, you're likely careful that you don't step into traffic or run out in front of vehicles pulling out of parking lots or driveways. It's important that both drivers and pedestrians pay attention to the rules of the road to prevent unnecessary injuries.

If you're hurt by a distracted or negligent driver, then you'll have to go through a claims process to get the compensation you need. You may have a few questions for your attorney, like, who is at fault for an injury that you suffer when you're hit in a parking lot? What can you do if you've been hit while you're out walking on a sidewalk? These are important questions to ask, because your local laws will likely be specific about safety laws in your area.

Parking lots are interesting topics, because they have specialty rules. For pedestrians, nothing changes: If a car strikes you, the driver is most likely at fault. Drivers must yield to pedestrians who are in crosswalks. They also must yield to pedestrians as they drive onto parking lots, alleys or driveways.

Source: QC Times, "Pedestrians, drivers need to watch out for each other in parking lots," Roy Booker, accessed Sep. 24, 2015

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