When people think of car accident compensation claims, chances are they imagine most of the danger to exist out on the country's main roads and highways, where high speeds increase the risk for motorists.
However, new research from the American Automobile Association (AAA) discovered that accidents are just as likely in low speed situations such as car parks. With the busy holiday shopping period now in full swing, these areas are even busier than usual, and the increased foot traffic can add to the already large array of hazards present.
According to insurance provider Allianz, the range of risks in these buildings include everything from pylons and pedestrians to shopping trolleys and "non-passenger vehicles", all of which can cause car accidents for unwitting drivers.
What contributes to car park danger?
The AAA investigated the trends that are making car parks unnecessarily dangerous and are leading to car accident claims. According to the organisation, the parking habits of more than three-quarters (76 per cent) of those surveyed are adding danger to this process.
The group of drivers in question refers to those that park facing forwards. While this practice is safe in its own right, it adds danger when reversing out of the space. In these cases, backing out of car parks compromises visibility and driving accuracy. With such a diverse range of traffic in these locations, it's important that drivers are aware of their surroundings.
Recent research discovered that even technological intervention can't guarantee safety and in fact could lull drivers into a false sense of security, creating more accidents than it prevents.
The investigation focussed on rear cross-traffic alert systems which are intended to warn drivers if a vehicles or other obstacle will cross their path when they are reversing.
While researching the effectiveness of these systems, the AAA found that drivers shouldn't be relying on them and that it's safer to reverse into car parks to begin with so they can exit by driving forwards.
Although the systems are competent when recognising larger objects such as cars and trucks, they struggle with anything smaller. In fact, the AAA found that they only detect motorcycles half the time and missed almost a third of all bicycles which crossed into the vehicle's path.
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