Car accidents involving pedestrians are often, by their nature, severe. The pedestrians involved in these types of accidents can be left with serious injuries — or worse — since their size and lack of protection cannot compete with that of a vehicle. Unfortunately, a recent pedestrian accident in California injured multiple victims.
The accident took place on the evening of Oct. 6 at around 9:30 p.m. when a driver crashed his vehicle into a coffee shop. Initial investigations suggested that the driver may have accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake when his vehicle crashed into the coffee shop. Five people were transported to the hospital with serious injuries, and another was killed in the accident.
The driver was taken to the hospital as a precaution, though she suffered no apparent injuries. The current condition of the injured victims is unknown. The accident is still under investigation by California police at this time, and no criminal charges have as yet been filed.
Regardless of whether any criminal charges are filed, the injured parties may file personal injury claims and the family of the deceased victim may file a wrongful death claim against the driver deemed responsible for this tragic pedestrian accident. In either case, the court will require proof that the negligent actions of the driver caused or contributed to the injuries suffered by the survivors and/or the death of the sixth person. Satisfying this civil court burden of proof could lead to an award of damages allowed under state laws.