The people dining at a crowded Newhall pizzeria did not expect a vehicle to come crashing into the front of the building recently. Certainly not in the middle of the day. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened on March 1.
Police say that a woman lost control of her vehicle and then plowed through the plate glass windows of Ameci Pizza and Pasta on Lyons Avenue. Somehow, there was only one injury. A 69-year-old patron was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. The driver of the vehicle was arrested and tests indicated her blood-alcohol level was nearly four times the legal limit.
At the Compass Law Group, we would like to be able to tell you that you are safe inside of a building. At least from a vehicle collision. Unfortunately, you cannot control the actions of others. If you need a pedestrian accident attorney, you can count on us to be by your side.
The Stats For California
Even though the injury we walked about above happened inside of a building, it is still going to be counted as a motor vehicle crash. According to reports from California’s Office of Traffic Safety, we know that there were 867 pedestrian crash fatalities during the latest reporting year. This was an increase from the previous year. There was also an increase in pedestrian crash injuries: 14,215 for the most recent year.
Most pedestrians have little to no protection when a crash occurs. The only reason more people were not severely hurt when the vehicle smashed into the pizza restaurant was because it was likely slowed significantly when it impacted the building. In these crashes, the pedestrian is almost always injured. It is not uncommon for us to see the following:
- Severe lacerations or amputations
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Internal organ damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
The cost of treating these injuries can become overwhelming when it comes to medical expenses. Even minor injuries can be detrimental to a person’s finances. Unfortunately, insurance companies rarely offer enough to cover all medical expenses, much less other accident-related costs (lost income, pain and suffering, extended rehabilitation, etc.).
When another person’s negligence causes you harm, that person should be held accountable for their actions. Drunk drivers, those who speed, and drivers who are distracted by their phones or other devices are a danger to everyone in and around the roadway.
If You Are Injured
You need to know that you have options in the aftermath of an accident like this. Insurance companies may push for a quick settlement, but please speak with a qualified attorney before you make any decisions. You may be eligible for the following:
- Coverage of your medical bills
- Pain and suffering damages
- Lost income and benefits if you cannot work
- Possible punitive damages
At the Compass Law Group, we will patiently explain your options.