Sleeping Man hit in Motel Bed in Green Meadows

Two people were injured when a car crashed through a motel wall striking a woman and her husband January 4, 2019, around 3 pm. The man was lying in bed while the woman was walking out the hotel room door when she heard the screeching of tires and then the car came through the exterior wall of the hotel. The man was taken to a nearby hospital and the woman was treated at the scene.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene, and they called for inspectors with the Los Angeles Department Building and Safety to determine if the structure was safe.

Building Crashes

When a car runs into a building, the damage and injury can be great. The average car weighs around 4,000 lbs. and the wood and plasterboard wall offer little protection against a moving car. So when it happens, those inside the building experience a violent and chaotic event that often ends in serious injury.

Buildings are struck at least 60 times a day according to Storefront Safety Council. The study concludes that the location of the building impacts the risk of being struck by a vehicle. Buildings in closer proximity to parking stalls are at the highest risk. Buildings that are along busy streets are actually lower in risk of being struck.

Why? Almost half of building accidents occur when someone hits the gas pedal instead of the brake sending the car into the building before the driver can correct the mistake. Other factors include the width of the sidewalk and the type of curbs used. The next leading causes were distracted drivers and impaired drivers.

Common Injuries

In a building crash, the vehicle comes through the wall sending class, medal and other debris flying in all directions. Injuries from this are typically from being struck by the vehicle or a section of the wall and flying debris that becomes like shrapnel.

  • Blunt force trauma
  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Deep lacerations
  • Puncture wounds
  • Emotional Distress/PTSD

The emotional distress is created by the violence of the event. Most people feel safer in a building than out in traffic, and to have a car suddenly appear and cause destruction and chaos can be traumatic.

What if I’m Involved in a Building Crash?

The first priority is to be safe and get medical treatment if needed. Don’t move unless necessary. Allow the professionals and first responders to do their job.

After that is taken care of, get information on the driver of the car and take pictures if possible. If doing so is dangerous or disruptive to the response team. Most victims will concentrate on their injuries and their medical treatment at first—which is the right thing to do—but after a time, they will be faced with the financial loss associated with a serious injury.

The best thing to do at this point is to seek a professional opinion on whether you are entitled to compensation. Many victims of building collisions do not seek compensation from the driver as they feel that their injuries may not be severe enough or that there are already multiple victims with injuries far worse than theirs.

However, there are damages and losses that result from a building crash: They are:

  • Medical Bills
  • Travel to Treatment
  • Emotional Distress/PTSD
  • Lost Time from Work
  • Property Damage (Cell phones, other personal items)
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Quality of Life

The law allows you compensation for any of these losses, and you can’t rely on the insurance company to let you know all that you are entitled to. Talk to an attorney who knows the laws of liability and building crashes and can advise you on the law and evaluate your case. Get an experienced attorney on your side who had the experience dealing with insurance companies and their lawyers and can get results. Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online.

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