Aug 272013

It is a trend that has increased over time, motorcycle and car accidents near shopping plaza exits and entrances. Over the last three decades, the law firm of Schwartz and Blackman has seen countless car accidents near shopping malls, shopping plazas and shopping centers. It is a major problem, which has not gotten any better, only worse. One reason is that the number of motorcycles on the road has increased. So too has the number of shopping plazas. Just in the past ten years, it seems that shopping plazas and centers have sprung up like weeds, especially in fast growing suburban areas.

Just last week, there was a very serious motorcycle accident near a shopping center outside of Philadelphia. A motorcycle rider was seriously injured when his motorcycle collided with a car in front of a shopping center in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. Hatfield is a northern suburb of Philadelphia. Very little details about this motorcycle accident are available. Police are investigating the accident. Source:, “Motorcyclist flown to HUP after Hatfield crash”

There are two main types of accidents which occur near a shopping plaza or center: intersection accidents and merge accidents.

Intersection accidents tend to occur when a shopper is either entering or exiting a shopping plaza and must cross multiple lanes of travel. While a traffic light helps to decrease the risk of accidents, many shopping plaza and center entrances/exits do not have traffic lights. Many do not even have stop signs. The shopper crossing multiple lanes of travel to enter or exit a parking lot must be cautious, especially at busy times of the day, such as rush hour. Add on the distraction of a cell phone and the risk of a car accident is even greater.

Suggested article: PA Car Accident Law – Motorcycles & Parking Lot Exit Accidents

Merge accidents often occur when a shopper is entering or exiting a shopping plaza or center and must merge with oncoming traffic. Again, without a traffic light or stop sign, shoppers cause car accidents when they simply fail to pay attention to traffic. In addition, because motorcycles are much smaller than cars and therefore not as visible, riders often get hit near shopping mall entrances/exits.


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