Las Vegas is a populous city, particularly in areas that cater to its flourishing tourism and casino industries. With the benefits of this dense population, however, come certain dangers. One of these is the increased chance of a car accident injuring a large number of people if it occurs in a crowded area, such as a downtown street or a busy parking lot. In situations such as these, big groups of people can be injured when a single person loses control of his vehicle, which can in turn spawn numerous civil litigation suits.
Las Vegas law enforcement authorities are conducting an investigation to determine why an elderly woman swerved off-path and crashed her truck into a grocery store. Nine people were hospitalized, and 26 were injured in total. The elderly driver had also hit another car before driving into the store, but it is unclear from reports whether anyone was in it or if the vehicle was at all damaged.
Authorities have not charged the driver. There is also no mention that any of the injured parties have begun to pursue legal action against the elderly woman. Reports do not offer any estimates for damage to the business and/or property owners, but the store was able to reopen the day after the incident.
Time will tell whether this incident spurs any civil litigation suits involving personal injury or premises liability claims. Victims of similar situations may find it beneficial to seek the advice of a lawyer if they wish to pursue compensation for any related physical injuries or financial losses.
Source: fox5vegas.com, “26 injured when truck plows through Las Vegas store,” Danielle Miller, Mar. 1, 2014