As the national average gas price dipped as low as $2.32 per gallon this week, this considerable price decrease beginning just a few short months ago has led to substantial increases in consumer activity and spending at various retail stores and shopping center. These recent nation-wide decreases in gas prices are well-received as many are now able to afford to drive their vehicles without the burden of high gas prices preventing them from travelling increased distances. However, although these decreases may provide positive personal economic benefits, there are numerous risks associated with increased motorist traffic resulting from less prohibitive gas prices.
A major concern facing increased motorist traffic is pedestrian accidents occurring at both shopping centers and gas stations. As more pedestrians share tight spaces within moving vehicles the risk of accidents involving pedestrian victims increases significantly and many accidents within these areas occur when pedestrians enter or exit convenience stores or as a result of motorists improperly backing out of a parking space into them. Therefore, it is important that when driving near these bustling areas that extra precaution is taken to prevent unfortunate pedestrian accidents from occurring. A few extra moments to reach your destination may make a difference in avoiding a life-altering accident. If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident please call 317-578-2100 for a free initial consultation with a member of our experienced legal team.