A recent car accident in the Bay Area shows the injuries and property destruction that can be caused at the hands of a negligent driver. The car crash occurred in San Francisco's Marina district and left at least one person with injuries.
According to fire officials, a car crashed into a Safeway grocery store. A fire engine actually saw the car drive into the building. No further details of the crash or an accident investigation have been released at this time.
Although no serious injuries were reported in the crash, car accidents can have life-altering consequences. Because of the nature of injuries often involved in car crashes, it comes as no surprise that the majority of personal injury claims filed in the United States each year are a result of car accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that every 10 seconds someone is involved in a car crash.
Personal injury claims resulting from an automobile accident are generally governed by the law of negligence. A court looks to several factors to determine whether or not a driver acted negligently. These factors include disobeying traffic signals, speeding or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Other negligent behavior includes failing to signal while turning and disregarding weather or traffic conditions.
Reckless driving may also give rise to a personal injury claim. A reckless driver drives unsafely, with clear disregard that their actions may cause an accident. Speeding, improper or excessive lane changing and improper passing are all types of reckless driving.
Those who have suffered personal injury or property damage at the hands of a reckless or negligent driver may be entitled to compensation for their loss. Damages may be recovered for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.
Source: The Examiner, "Car crashes into Safeway in San Francisco's Marina district," Oct. 26, 2012