Driver Crashes into Hardware Store in Ashville, North Carolina
ASHEVILLE, NC- My40.tv writes that a driver collided with a hardware storefront in Ashville, causing damage to the shop and its displays. The early afternoon crash shut the business down while crews came to clear the scene and check to ensure the building was structurally stable. The driver reportedly mixed up the gas and the brake pedals in the car, causing him to drive into the shop. Reports indicate that the man operating the vehicle was in his late 80s. Images from the scene show a light-colored sedan in the front of the store where it collided with displays and shopping carts. *
Storefront crashes are far more common than most people realize. According to the Storefront Safety Council, an organization working to decrease car into building collisions, these types of incidents take place about 60 times every day. Hundreds of people die in these crashes, and thousands of people sustain injuries each year.
Operator errors are the main cause of such wrecks, but the second most common reason these crashes take place is that a driver mistakes the gas for the brake pedal. Elderly drivers are more prone to make this type of error. It is important for drivers to ensure that they are staying safe on the road and not putting others at risk. There are refresher courses for older motorists, and families should be supportive of aging relatives and making sure that they are not placing themselves at risk.
According to safety experts, many of these incidents could be prevented by better parking lot design. When cars are parking directly in front of stores, the risk of a simple mix up becoming a serious crash is significant.
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Sources:http://my40.tv/newsletters/car-crashes-through-asheville-ace-hardware-store and https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/older-drivers and https://usa.streetsblog.org/2020/02/19/you-arent-even-safe-from-a-car-inside-a-building/
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