Although they remain rare, car accidents that involve buildings occur every year in Philadelphia. These crashes can cause significant harm to drivers and people inside the structures. They also have the potential to destroy small buildings. A variety of driver errors and road conditions can trigger this kind of car accident. One recent incident occurred in northern Philadelphia during a Sunday evening.
CBS reported that a sport utility vehicle crashed into a Silver Street garage on September 29. Part of the two-story building collapsed, injuring four people and hurling bricks on to the street. A paramedic helped free the victims, and they were transported to a hospital. Luckily, the abandoned structure was unoccupied when the crash happened.
Only two days earlier, a car slammed into an eye care office in Philadelphia's Rhawnhurst neighborhood. The morning accident occurred after a motorist lost control, according to WPVI-TV. The vehicle crashed through the side of the Cottman Avenue building. No injuries were reported, and the news report did not provide any details on the extent of the damage.
Another accident happened in mid-August. A car crashed into a state revenue office during the early evening, according to NBC 10. The driver explained that he fell unconscious shortly before the accident. CBS reported that witnesses helped the motorist, and he was sent to a hospital. Fortunately, no one was inside the office; it closed about 15 to 20 minutes earlier.
Even police cars occasionally crash into buildings. An unattended cruiser hit an auto repair shop on Welsh Road late at night in June, according to Metro.us. A police officer had departed the car to pursue an assault suspect. The vehicle began to roll in reverse, picking up enough speed to crash through the building's wall. News reports did not mention if the suspect was apprehended.
West Philly Local reported on another car/building accident in September 2012. An elderly motorist crashed into a drug store on the corner of Chestnut and 47th Street during the afternoon. It was rather fortunate that no one in the vehicle or the pharmacy suffered injuries. The car seriously damaged the building, necessitating the evacuation of customers and staff.
Yet another accident happened at a pizzeria in Philadelphia's Mayfair district. An intoxicated motorist crashed through the restaurant's front wall and window. No one was injured, but authorities had to evacuate apartments on the second floor. The June 2010 incident happened during the late night hours, according to NBC 10.
After crashing into the restaurant, the driver was able to extricate his car from the building. He departed the accident scene and proceeded to Olney, where he nearly collided with a patrol car. Local police arrested the motorist and charged him with driving under the influence. The badly damaged pizzeria was eventually able to reopen.
Cars crash into buildings for many different reasons. This can happen when drivers make mistakes, use drugs or experience sudden health problems. It's important for motorists to park vehicles carefully and use extra caution on icy roads. Building owners may also take steps to reduce the risk of damage or injuries. Sturdy posts, guard rails and curbs can stop or slow vehicles down before they hit a structure.
If a car accident has caused harm to your health, you should retain a Philadelphia car accident attorney to get the compensation to which you are entitled.