Navigating the Risks: When Cars Crash Into Business Storefronts

by | Apr 13, 2024 | Firm News


In an instant, a routine shopping trip can turn into a life-threatening event when a vehicle crashes through the storefront of a business. These incidents, which may sound like freak accidents, are more common than most might think and can result in severe injuries or even fatalities. For businesses and property owners, understanding the risks, potential injuries, and mitigation strategies is crucial not only for safety but also for legal compliance.

Common Injuries from Storefront Crashes

When a car crashes into a storefront, the immediate threat to customers and employees includes flying glass, debris, and the vehicle itself. Injuries from such accidents can range from minor cuts and bruises to more severe, life-threatening injuries including:

  • Lacerations and puncture wounds from shattered glass or sharp debris.
  • Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, from being struck by debris or the vehicle.
  • Broken bones and crush injuries from the impact with the vehicle or from being pinned against or under heavy objects.
  • Spinal injuries, which may lead to temporary or permanent paralysis. Victims may require extensive medical treatment and could face long-term consequences affecting their quality of life.

Mitigation Techniques

Preventing vehicles from crashing into storefronts involves several proactive strategies that businesses can implement to enhance safety:

  • Bollards: Installing sturdy bollards (steel or concrete posts) in front of stores provides a physical barrier to stop vehicles before they hit the glass facade.
  • Raised Curbs: Elevating the sidewalk or entrance areas can deter vehicles from accidentally rolling into storefronts.
  • Clear Signage and Parking Layout: Properly designed parking lots with clear directional signage and adequate barriers can help prevent confusion and misdirected driving.
  • Speed Bumps: Placing speed bumps in parking lots close to storefronts can reduce vehicle speed, decreasing the likelihood of crashes.

Responsibilities of Property Owners

Property owners and business operators have a legal duty to ensure the safety of their premises for customers and employees. This duty includes taking reasonable steps to prevent foreseeable accidents, such as vehicle-into-storefront crashes. Failure to implement safety measures can lead to liability issues if an accident occurs, especially if the risk was identifiable and such incidents had occurred previously in the area. Legal responsibilities may vary depending on local laws and ordinances, but generally, the onus is on property owners to provide a safe environment.


The aftermath of a car crashing into a business can be devastating for victims and can lead to significant legal and financial consequences for property owners who fail to take preventative measures. It is imperative for businesses to assess their storefront safety and take proactive steps to protect their premises and those within them. If you or someone you know has been injured in such an incident, consulting with a personal injury lawyer can help determine your rights and the potential for compensation

Spagnoletti Law Firm has attorneys licensed in Texas, Florida, New Mexico and New York. We have handled numerous cases involving premises defects. The firm has experience in courts across the country and the skills needed to represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or as a result of an accident, or been seriously injured.

The experienced attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one has been injured or lost their life as a result of an accident.  Please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or to learn more about your legal rights.