Around 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 1, the 77-year-old driver of an SUV had come to a complete stop in the parking lot of Dunkin’ Donuts at the 8400 block of Baltimore National Pike before the vehicle lurched forward into the building. The vehicle pushed two men, ages 36 and 44, who had been standing in front of the store through the glass and several feet into the building.
The 36-year-old pedestrian is listed in critical condition, and the 44-year-old was treated and released the following morning. The driver was treated at the scene and refused transportation to the hospital. Both passengers in the SUV were uninjured.
The police do not believe that any alcohol or medical troubles caused the accident, and they say that it is not likely that any criminal charges will come from this. The investigation is ongoing, but it appears to be a case of driver error.
Even low-speed motor vehicle accidents can result in serious injuries, especially for pedestrians. Even if no criminal charges result from such a crash, any victims could consider filing civil claims against the driver for their injuries. A police report could provide crucial information in strengthening such a claim.
A personal injury plaintiff could be entitled to compensation for damages, including medical expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering. If the driver has liability insurance, the suit could be filed against the insurance company to ensure that the payment is adequate to cover all damages. An attorney could negotiate for a settlement from the insurance company in order to avoid litigation in court.