Florida Car Accident Highlights Parking Lot Dangers

by Carmen Dellutri on July 6, 2011

Port Charlotte car accident attorneyDid you know 14% of all claims for auto damage involve parking lot collisions? Due to the sheer number of cars and people, Florida parking lots can be dangerous for both drivers and pedestrians. In a recent Florida accident, a Publix employee was critically injured by a backing car while walking in the supermarket’s parking lot.

According to the Marco Eagle, Betty J. Henley, 76, of Englewood, was struck by a car while walking to the shopping cart return bin at the Publix located at 1500 Placida Road in Englewood. She was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital with critical injuries.

Florida Highway Patrol reports indicate that John T. Elliott, 83, of Placida, struck the right rear of a Ford Expedition parked in the lot as he was backing out of a parking space. Instead of braking upon impact, however, the vehicle continued accelerating in a circular path, striking a plastic shopping cart bin and a shopping cart before hitting Henley, FHP reports show.

Henley was dragged under the vehicle as the car driven by Elliott continued in reverse and struck the rear of a third vehicle parked in the lot.

This unfortunate Florida car accident should remind all drivers to exercise extreme caution in parking lots, particularly when backing out of a parking space.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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