Two women and two children were injured when a vehicle crashed into a chicken restaurant in Anaheim on the afternoon of May 22. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, police responded to the crash at a shopping center on Lincoln Avenue near Empire Street. The vehicle did not actually hit anyone but struck a glass window that shattered, injuring people inside. The injuries were non-life-threatening, police said.
The driver, who did not have a valid driver’s license, confused the gas pedal and brake as he pulled into the parking stall. Video of the incident showed that the man pulled into the parking stall at a slow speed, but then accelerated instead of stopping to park. The driver was cooperative with the police and was not determined to be under the influence. He was released but cited for driving without a license. Investigators are continuing to look into the incident in order to determine whether any other charges should be brought.
It is indeed a relief to note that no one suffered life-threatening or major injuries in this crash. We wish the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Causes and Compensation Issues
Based on this news report, it is unclear as to why this particular collision occurred. There are a number of unanswered questions here. How old was the driver? Did he have an invalid license or was he never licensed? Was the accident caused by his lack of skill or ability? Who owned the vehicle that he was driving? Did alcohol or drugs contribute to this accident? Did a vehicle defect or mechanical malfunction play a part? These are some of the issues we hope officials will look into in order to determine precisely how or why this incident occurred.
In such cases, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses sustained by victims. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Injured victims in such cases would be well advised to contact an experienced Anaheim personal injury lawyer who can help them better understand their legal rights and options. A knowledgeable Anaheim car accident lawyer will also be able to advise victims about how the uninsured motorist clause of their own auto insurance policy might work especially if the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.