Storefront Car Crash Dangers

by | Jun 1, 2023 | Civil litigation, Personal Injury

We often fail to acknowledge the long-standing dangers that persistently lurk in our daily lives. One such hazard is the menace of vehicles crashing into storefronts. This seemingly rare occurrence can lead to extensive property damage and severe, even fatal, physical injuries.

Such incidents are not as rare as one might think. According to the Storefront Safety Council, a car crashes into a storefront building more than 100 times a day in the United States alone, resulting in over 2600 deaths and 16,000 injuries annually. These accidents can occur due to a variety of reasons, including driver error, mechanical failure, or impaired driving. Businesses located near parking lots or adjacent to high-traffic roads are particularly at risk.

From a personal injury perspective, pedestrians in the vicinity, customers, and employees within the building are all at risk of harm when a care crashes into a storefront. Depending on the severity of the crash, individuals may suffer injuries ranging from minor cuts and bruises to more serious traumas such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, or even death.  From a property damage perspective, the costs can be significant. Repairs to the physical building, replacement of inventory or equipment, and business interruption while repairs are made, all contribute to the financial impact of such an event.

Given the frequency and potential severity of these accidents, preventative measures are crucial. These can include the installation of protective barriers such as bollards or reinforced planters in front of a building. Moreover, store layout can be designed in a way to minimize the risk to individuals in the event of a crash.

Our lawyers have represented numerous workers who have sustained serious and catastrophic injuries as a result of the negligence of another party. There are strict and short time limits on making claims, so please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or to learn more about your legal rights.