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Actor Gary Busey hit and slightly injured a woman with his car while he was backing out of a shopping center parking lot in Malibu, California, reported FOX News (2.14.15).
According to FOX News, citing a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Busey, 70, was backing out of a parking space when he hit the woman. She left after being treated at the scene of the accident. There was no evidence of alcohol or illegal substances.
Parking lot accidents are common. Pedestrians have the right-of-way in parking lots but many drivers do not watch carefully for them. Streets are often considered less dangerous than parking lots. At least on the roads the direction of traffic is usually known. In parking lots, vehicles tend to move in all directions. As a result, pedestrian parking lot accidents can result in serious injury and, even, death.
According to NBC News, the number of people hit by cars in lots and garages increased more than 70 percent between 2010 and 2013 (11.21.13). Drivers were considered to be at fault in close to 80 percent of the pedestrian accidents in parking lots, said experts.
There are a number of reasons why parking lot accidents occur.
Awareness, by both drivers and pedestrians, is the way to prevent pedestrian-vehicle accidents.
The accident involving Gary Busey was the second accident in a week involving a celebrity on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner was involved in a four-car accident that left one woman dead.
The FOX News story cited is “Actor Gary Busey struck woman with car in California.”