Normally we think of truck crashes as accidents involving other trucks, motor vehicles, and occurring on the roadways. However, negligence can put lives in danger both on and off the roads. Trucks and other vehicles tend to share space with bicyclists and pedestrians, and although this usually results in harmony, when a vehicle veers off the road or street or a pedestrian enters into moving traffic, accidents with pedestrians can occur. Pedestrians are owed a duty of care by drivers, while walkers should always remain alert for vehicles as dangers. However, people naturally let down their guards when they are nowhere near roads, and safe inside homes, offices and commercial buildings. However from time to time we hear of news where unsuspecting victims are injured when negligent drivers leave the road and crash into homes, stores and other seemingly safe structures.
In one such recent news story, six patrons of a bagel shop were injured when a box truck crashed into the establishment. According to the article by CBS, images show the large truck almost entirely inside of the shop with glass and debris strewn everywhere. After the crash, 5 adults and 1 child needed immediate medical treatment. Police are still investigating the cause of this accident.
One witness described the accident saying that the truck sideswiped a car that was parked in front of a chapel, which put the car onto the sidewalk. The truck then continued to travel another half block straight into the front of the bagel shop. The witness described the accident as strange because he did not see any brake usage involved, and there was no other traffic in the vicinity. Another witness and individual involved in the accident, the store clerk, described the accident involving a big explosion and that customers were hit by the truck. He too mentioned how the truck used no brakes but just went straight through the shop.
This incident shows that truck accidents can occur at any time or place and cause devastation to many. In addition to broken bones, truck accidents can also often result in other serious injuries like damage to vital organs like the head and neck, burns, complete loss of limb, paralysis, or even death. Since reckless behavior can be the cause of such serious injuries to others, it is important that victims hold these wrongdoers accountable and obtain compensation for their injuries and hardship. Truck accident victims have the right to file a lawsuit if they have suffered life altering injuries or the loss of a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligent or reckless actions on the road.
Our attorneys understand that most truck accident victims have never filed a lawsuit and don’t know where to turn after they have fallen victim to driver negligence. Victims should contact a legal professional who can help them navigate the legal process. Our law firm has over 20 years of experience in all kinds of personal injury lawsuits, and we pride ourselves in having helped many injured victims obtain the justice they deserve. We also offer free consultations, so if you or a loved one has suffered from an accident, we would be happy to talk to you and discuss your legal options.