Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Elderly man smashes car into restaurant

Driving is a skill. It involves focus, attention and physical stability.

An elderly man driving a car may lack the driving skills he once possessed. He may be disoriented and be oblivious to the surroundings.

A perfect example for this was the car crash that happened in Redondo Beach where an 88-year old man mistook the accelerator for the brake.

The elderly driver was apparently trying to park his Jaguar outside Ham Supreme restaurant near Pacific Coast Highway and Carnelian Street when he committed the error which led to the crash. His car hit pedestrians on the sidewalk before smashing through the restaurant’s window.

The car hit several diners including a woman who was pinned against the wall of an adjoining business. Some diners were trapped inside. In fact, the rescuers had to smash a front window to free the restaurant patrons.

Authorities must review rules and regulation concerning elderly drivers. Although victims sustained only minor injuries, the incident could have been worse.

As the elderly driver admitted his fault, the victims and their families have the right to sue him. Their claims may be settled or pursued by a personal injury attorney.