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Driver Crashes into Popeyes in Sarasota, Florida


March 19, 2020

SARASOTA, FL- The heraldtribune.com writes that a driver crashed into a Popeyes restaurant this week on North Washington Boulevard. The incident occurred in the early afternoon. The driver informed police that she pressed the gas pedal when she intended to hit the brakes. The restaurant closed down following the incident because of damage to their wall. Images from the scene show a sedan with its entire front through the wall of the restaurant. *

Many people do not realize that cars crash into buildings about 60 times every day in the United States. These crashes lead to 500 fatalities and more than 4,000 injuries each year. 

When it comes to the cause of these deadly wrecks, the most common is vehicle operator errors. About 22 percent of these incidents are the result of driver operator errors. The next most common reason people crash their cars into buildings is pedal errors. Close to one out of every five incidents in which a car crashes into a building involves a driver who strikes the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal. Some additional causes of these incidents include drunk drivers, car crashes, medical emergencies, and intentional crashes in which the people in the car drive into the building to rob the business. 

In some instances, the risk of these types of collisions could be reduced by redesigning many parking lots. Places where cars park “nose-in” point cars directly at businesses. A driver who accidentally hits the gas will go directly into a building in these cases. Parking lots are also designed to allow drivers to travel too fast. Wide lanes seem to send a message to people that it is acceptable to speed up. Fast cars in parking lots are a problem because about 50,000 parking lot crashes take place each year.  

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:

https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20200314/woman-drives-through-wall-of-sarasota-popeyes?template=ampart 

http://www.storefrontsafety.org/ 

http://www.storefrontsafety.org/statistics-by-cause.html 

https://usa.streetsblog.org/2020/02/19/you-arent-even-safe-from-a-car-inside-a-building/


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