Montgomery County's County Executive Ike Leggett recently declared that the county would dedicate funds to the safety of pedestrians in parking lots. The surprising statistic resulting in this new emphasis is that of the 1,496 pedestrians struck between January 2006 and June 2009, 324 of them had been struck in parking lots. That means that approximately 1 in 5 pedestrian accidents take place in parking lots. This problem is particularly bad once Daylight Savings Time ends because residents are more likely to be running errands in the dark. Moreover, retail centers become crowded with holiday shoppers and the risks increase even further.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has represented numerous clients who were seriously injured as a result of being run over in parking lots. Accordingly, we welcome this new initiative by County Executive Leggett.