On Black Friday, shopping carts aren’t the only collision shoppers should worry about.
Insurance company Progressive Corp. said that Black Friday is one of the worst days of the year for parking-related accidents.
On the day after Thanksgiving last year, claims from parking-related accidents increased 37% when compared with other Fridays, the company said. A year before, claims were up 17%.
About 13% of Black Friday insurance claims were related to rear-end collisions, 11% from collisions with parked cars and 8% from drivers backing into another vehicle.
Drivers should proceed more slowly than usual and use passengers in the car as extra eyes and ears, said Maria Cashy of the Progressive claims department in a statement.