Earlier this month in Potomac, Maryland, a car crashed into a local restaurant for the second time this year. According to a report by a local news source, just after lunch on a Saturday an elderly woman who had just dined at the restaurant got into her car and drove through the glass front of the restaurant. Evidently, the woman thought that she had put the car in reverse, but it was actually in drive.
Witnesses to the accident claim that it sounded like an earthquake inside the restaurant as the woman’s Honda drove over the curb, through a small fence, and into the dining area. One person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, and five others were treated for minor injuries. All are expected to recover.
Oddly enough, this is not the first time that a car has crashed through the glass wall of the restaurant. Nor is it the second. It is the third time in the past 15 years that someone has driven into the restaurant. The owners of the restaurant are talking about taking additional safety precautions to avoid this type of accident in the future.
There is no indication that the driver of the car was arrested or will face criminal charges of any kind. However, there is little doubt that the accident was completely her fault.
When Elderly Drivers Cause Accidents
As people get older, they have a more difficult time operating a vehicle. Whether it be a difficulty in mustering the physical strength needed to turn the steering wheel, or the vision necessary to safely drive on public roads, elderly people often have a difficult time driving.
In some cases, an elderly driver may cause an accident because he or she is confused, couldn’t see properly, or couldn’t react in time. Admittedly, it isn’t always easy to be angry with them, for it rarely involves any conscious decision to cause harm.
However, when someone is injured in an accident caused by an elderly driver, that accident victim should have the right to recover for any injuries, regardless of who was behind the wheel. In most cases, the driver’s insurance company will be the one responsible for the payment of any settlement or verdict in the plaintiff’s favor.
Have You Been Injured in an Accident?
If you have recently been injured in an accident where the other driver was at fault and elderly, you may be entitled to recover for your injuries. Doing so, however, will require that you prove your case in a Maryland court of law. Often, insurance companies hire skilled and aggressive attorneys to defend even the flimsiest of cases, and sometimes they succeed against an unprepared plaintiff. To make sure that you stand the best chance of getting what you deserve, contact the Maryland personal injury law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC. The dedicated personal injury lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen have years of collective experience recovering for their clients and know how to effectively bring a personal injury case in Maryland. Click here, or call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney today.
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Baltimore Bicyclist on Cancer Benefit Ride Killed in Kentucky, Maryland Car Accident Attorney Blog, published June 26, 2014.