Author: Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP
As people sat enjoying their afternoon coffee at a Dunkin’ Donuts on Long Island, New York, a car suddenly crashed through the glass storefront. A person sitting near the window was pinned under the car and afterward reported as seriously injured. NBC News photographed the scene, which showed the car had almost entirely entered the store and only the rear of the car was visible from an outside view.
Police reported that an 85-year old man lost control of his car. According to NBC news, police thought the elderly driver may have stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake while trying to park his car. As a result, the car jumped the curb and hurled through the front window. Other news media reports indicated that the police impounded the car for brake and safety checks.
The driver and his 85-year old passenger suffered minor injuries but were taken away by ambulance for medical attention. Two other customers sitting in the store, ages 55 and 60, also suffered minor injuries from the crash. A medical helicopter arrived on the scene, most likely to extract and carry off the customer pinned under the car. News reports indicated that the victim suffered from internal injuries and was listed in serious condition.
From a legal perspective
While some car accident cases are open to argument as to which driver was at fault, no one can fault a customer for choosing a window seat in a restaurant. Whether the elderly man became confused or defective brakes were a factor is open to investigation. The injured party was obviously not to blame and a Long Island car accident lawyer can assist the party in recovering compensation to pay for medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, and other expenses.
If you are seriously injured in a car accident, seek legal help as soon as possible from an experienced accident firm. Protect your rights and ensure you receive adequate compensation.