When a car crashes into a building, it seems that this kind of story almost always makes the news. There are some surprisingly common reasons that a vehicle will crash into a building. One of the most common is when a driver accidentally presses the accelerator instead of the brakes. Another common occurrence is when a driver runs off a roadway and crashes into a building. At times, these situations can be caused by drivers who are intoxicated, distracted, or when they overcorrect. These types of accidents can be particularly serious, especially to the drivers and other occupants of the vehicle as well as the occupants of the building that is hit. WPTV reports that Florida ranks high on the list of states with the greatest number of crashes into buildings.
According to the Storefront Safety Council, they add about 250 to 300 crashes to their database each month. The council also states that more of these crashes occur in Florida than anywhere else.
A recent incident occurred in December when a car wash attendant crashed a car into another vehicle at the BP Station at the intersection of Congress Avenue and Yamato Road in Boca Raton. The car then continued into the storefront, striking one man, who was sent to the hospital.
Florida makes up 10% of all drivers in the county but makes up 17% of all storefront crashes.
Launched in 2011, the Storefront Safety Council hopes to reduce the number of vehicle-into-building crashes.