On August 31st, 2020, KHQ Local News reported that a car crashed into a bedroom of a Spokane home. According to a statement from the Spokane Police Department, the car accident occurred just after midnight near the intersection of 6th Avenue and Florida Street. The vehicle, a large SUV, hit a bedroom where a couple was sleeping.
Fortunately, there were no serious injuries reported in the accident. Though the residence likely sustained several thousand dollars in property damage. The driver of the vehicle, a 29-year-old man, was arrested at the scene of the crash. He was subsequently charged with drunk driving, reckless driving, and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.
Vehicle/Building Collisions are More Common than You Might Think
When a car crashes into a bedroom it certainly makes the local news. As you are lying awake at night, an automobile striking your wall is probably the last thing on your mind. Yet, vehicles colliding with buildings happen a lot more than most people realize. In fact, dozens of these crashes are reported each day across the country.
According to statistics from the Storefront Safety Council, approximately 22,000 automobiles crash into buildings in the United States each year. Collectively, these vehicle-building accidents result in nearly 4,000 injuries and 500 fatalities. Many of the people injured or killed in these accidents were occupants of the vehicle. However, these cars also pose a serious safety threat to people inside of homes and businesses.
Where and Why Vehicle Building Crashes Happen
Most often, vehicle-building collisions involve commercial properties. The primary reason for this being that those buildings tend to be closer to the road and they tend to be located in more heavily trafficked areas. Though, as the latest Spokane crash shows, residential homes are also sometimes struck as well. Here are the top three reasons why these types of accidents happen:
- Driver error;
- Drunk driving; and
- Medical incidents.
To be clear, this type of crash is not always the fault of a driver. There are also some cases in which a manufacturer defect—such as pedal getting stuck or brakes suddenly failing—causes a vehicle to hit a building. Still, for the most part, these accidents happen because of negligent drivers.
These crashes should always be investigated by an experienced attorney. You need to know exactly what happened and why it happened. If you were injured in a vehicle/building collision—whether inside or outside of the car—you deserve justice and compensation for your injuries.
Call Our Spokane, WA Auto Accident Lawyers for a Free Consultation
At Albrecht Law PLLC, our Spokane traffic accident lawyers stand up for the rights of injured victims and their families. Were you hurt in an auto accident? We are more than ready to help you navigate the claims process and recover financial compensation. Contact us now for a free, no obligation initial consultation. Our law firm serves plaintiffs in Spokane and throughout Central Washington and Eastern Washington.