Failure to Protect Pedestrians from Foreseeable Risks outside Retail Stores, on Sidewalks, and in Parking Lots
For over 60 years, the Connecticut personal injury attorneys at RisCassi & Davis have represented many people who were shopping in retail stores or walking on sidewalks or in parking lots when struck by a car or truck. We are ready, right now, to help you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
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Facts About Pedestrian Injuries in Connecticut from Property Owners Failing to Install Bollards
- Automobiles crash into retail stores, restaurants, sidewalks, bus stops, and other areas frequented by pedestrians occur approximately 60 times per day in the U.S. according to experts who study this phenomenon. In total, vehicles crash into commercial buildings as many as 20,000 times per year, causing approximately 4,000 serious injuries and 500 deaths annually. For convenience stores alone, there are, on average, 20 crashes per day.
- Several large retailers experience vehicle strikes on a regular basis including Walgreens, Dunkin’ Donuts, RedBox, Mobil, and 7-11. We’ve learned from our experience that these retailers are well-aware of this epidemic of pedestrian injuries but choose to keep that information from the public.
- Pedal errors, losing control of a car, or shifting errors are all common causes of storefront crashes, as are new or elderly drivers, or those under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Many companies install bollards to protect their own assets, but neglect to implement the same basic safety measures to protect their customers.
Bollards and Proper Site Design Protect Pedestrians
Proper parking lot and site design can mitigate these risks. Installing pipe bollards at areas of high pedestrian activity is an easy cost-effective way for stores and other businesses to protect their customers from the foreseeable risk of vehicle strikes.
Bollards are often installed in areas which see heavy foot traffic, such as building entrances and exits, and in other areas of buildings which see heightened pedestrian activity. Having several closely installed bollards (no more than 5 feet apart) is essential. When storefronts just have a couple of bollards, spaced apart, it allows the chance for cars to slip in-between bollards and reach buildings or other pedestrian areas.
If you, or someone you know, have been injured in a crash into or nearby a retail location, you may be entitled to financial compensation not only from the driver, but from the store or property owner as well.
Please contact us today if we can help you with your case. You may call our office at 800.344.5297 or contact us using the form above.
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