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Vehicle Strikes Building in Clayton, Georgia

December 26, 2019

CLAYTON, GA- writes that a man from Mountain City crashed a 2003 Chevrolet Astro Van into business on Main Street earlier this week. The collision occurred in the early evening when the driver was attempting to park his vehicle in a space in front of the Butler Galleries.*

The crash report indicates that the 72-year-old man operating the vehicle struck the gas pedal rather than the brake. The man’s foot became stuck on the pedal, and the vehicle proceeded through the storefront. The van was stuck inside of the business and caused damage to the contents of the shop. Contractors arrived at the scene to determine whether the accident impacted the structural integrity of the building. 

Responders transported the injured driver to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center. 

Cars strike buildings in the United States on average about 60 times every day. These incidents lead to 4,000 injuries and kill about 500 people annually. The two leading causes of these crashes are operator errors and pedal errors. Together, operator and pedal errors cause more than half of all storefront collisions. Around eighteen percent are the result of drunk drivers. Twelve percent occur because of a car accident that pushes a vehicle into a building, while ten percent are the result of a driver experiencing a medical emergency. Eight percent of storefront crashes are intentional “ramraid” incidents or smash and grab robberies where thieves use cars to break into a shop and steal items. 

According to the Storefront Safety Council, there are ways to prevent these incidents from occurring. Better design for parking spaces in front of buildings and using bollards could help reduce risks to pedestrians and people inside of businesses. 

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