Six people were injured in a Los Angeles car accident after an 87-year-old woman drove through the front of a restaurant in the 15200 block of Rosecrans Avenue in La Mirada, California, on October 30, 2009. According to a news report in the Whittier Daily News, Lurlene Bell told officials that she inadvertently put the car in drive instead of reverse and stepped on the gas pedal. Her Toyota Solara jumped over a concrete parking block, went over a sidewalk and crashed right through the Cabo Taco Baja Grill. One man apparently suffered a broken leg with possible internal injuries while other customers sustained minor injuries. The restaurant owner said there were about 16 people there at the time of the crash.
Elderly Driver Plows Into Restaurant
My heart goes out to all the injured victims in this horrific Los Angeles personal injury accident. I wish the severely injured man the very best for a quick and complete recovery. I hope the injuries sustained by the other customers were not serious. I can imagine the shock these people must have experienced when they saw the car come right toward them in the restaurant.
Based on this newspaper report, it seems to me that this accident was the elderly woman’s fault. I would question her ability to continue driving. Here is a woman who mistook “drive” for “reverse” and then hit the gas pedal. There are many questions here. What was the health or medical history of this woman? Has she had other similar incidents in the recent past? Did she have a valid driver’s license at the time of the crash? Recently, in Southern California, we have seen a spate of car accidents involving senior citizens. Many of those drivers were unlicensed. Well, I understand the need for these seniors to be on their own and independent. However, should that come at the price of someone else’s safety and well-being?
Elderly Drivers and Car Accidents
California now has almost 3 million drivers who are 65 years or older, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. A recent study by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, fatality rates for drivers begin to climb after age 65. In 2005, about 11 percent of fatal traffic accidents in the United States involved drivers 65 or older.
The injured victims in this case would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will advise them about the best course of action. In such cases, injured victims may seek compensation to cover medical expenses, cost of hospitalization, future therapy and even cost of long-term care.
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