Two People Were Injured In Oceanside Car Accident After Man Drove Into Villa Trieste Senior Clubhouse
OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA (April 17, 2019) – Two people were injured in a car accident at the Villa Trieste Senior Clubhouse after an elderly man drove into the building.
Oceanside police are saying that the accident took place on Tuesday around 5:20 p.m. at the senior community by Rancho Del Oro Drive west of MiraCosta College. A man in his 80’s was driving a Toyota Matrix and mistook the accelerator for the brakes.
He crashed into the senior clubhouse and struck two women that were inside. Both of the women had to be taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment. One woman sustained a serious leg injury.
The man who drove into the Villa Trieste Senior Clubhouse was not injured in the crash.
Liability in Car Into Building Accidents
According to the Storefront Safety Council, cars driving into buildings is actually remarkably common. Between the year 2014-2019 there were more than 21,000 instances of cars driving into storefronts. The top three causes of these accidents are as follows:
- Pedal error
- Operator error
Elderly drivers, in particular, are much more likely to experience “pedal confusion” prior to an accident. In short, during pedal confusion drivers mistake the brakes for the accelerator. Though these accidents may seem completely random there are actually safety measures that can be put in place to help reduce them.
For example, bollard posts can prevent a large number of car into building accidents. Bollard posts are rigid metal or concrete pillars put in areas where cars travel to prevent them from going to certain places. These posts are most often installed in front of stores to prevent errant drivers from striking pedestrians.
Property owners could face civil liability for a car into building accident under e California Civil Code § 1714 subsection (a). Victims may be able to recover damages for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your options are.
Getting Help After A Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to all of those that were injured in this car accident. It is our sincere hope that the Villa Trieste senior community will take measures to prevent accidents like this in the future. Perhaps they could install bollard posts in areas where pedestrians and seniors are most vulnerable.
Have you or someone that you love been injured in a car accident? You may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to assist you in any way that we can. We care deeply about making sure that accident victims and their families have the medical and financial support that they need to recover. Whether you need more information about an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.