Pedestrians have little protection against injury or death when they are struck by an errant automobile. There have been multiple crashes this past month where pedestrians, drivers, and their passengers were injured when vehicles left the road and struck buildings.
The most recent crash occurred on the 300 block of W. North Avenue when a white Nissan struck the front of the Stop and Shop. The accident sent two people to the hospital. The accident took place just days after a 19-year old driver was killed when he crashed into an outpatient clinic located on the 2400 block of W. 79th Street. The causes of both accidents are still under investigation.
Vehicles can strike buildings for a number of reasons. Putting the car into “forward” instead of “reverse,” and stepping on the accelerator instead of the brake when pulling into a parking spot are two of the most common errors. They frequently occur when the driver is distracted. Even though most vehicle/structure accidents occur at low-speed, the damage to property and lives can be significant. When they occur, pedestrians are at considerable risk of suffering broken bones, lacerations, head trauma, and devastating internal injuries.