DUI Driver Arrested after Urth Caffe Incident that Harmed Customers
The incident occurred on February 12, 2020 at approximately 8 p.m. A vehicle, driven by a drunk driver, slammed into the outdoor dining area set up at Urth Caffe (located in Santa Monica, CA). The driver struck the cement k-rail which such force that it was knocked over. The incident also resulted in some tables and chairs being toppled over. According to reports of the incident, a few guests of the outdoor dining area were injured. At least of diner had to be transported to a local hospital due to their injuries (specifically, the individual suffered moderate injuries to a leg).
Images from the scene of the incident show that the outdoor dining area is set up on the street, with only cement k-rails protecting guests from oncoming traffic. Without a doubt, the drunk driver can be blamed for the incident. However, the restaurant could also carry some liability.
Were you or a member of your family harmed in the incident mentioned above? Were you harmed in a similar incident? Based on the details surrounding the specific situation, you might have grounds to pursue a claim. If you are interested in learning more about your right to sue after an incident like the one mentioned above, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm as soon as possible.
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The Injuries that Victims Could Suffer
No matter the specific cause of the incident, the parties affected by the auto accident could suffer a number of injuries. Some of the injuries that affected parties could experience include the following:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Joint injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Scrapes and bruises
- Road rash
- Severed limbs
The Cause of Auto Incidents
Unfortunately, single-car accidents are relatively common. Drivers can lose control of the vehicle and crash into buildings (sometimes driving completely into the building through glass windows), outdoor dining patios, etc. Typically, these incidents, like any other auto incident, is associated with the negligent actions of the driver. Some examples of negligent actions that could cause incidents include the following:
- Drunk driving
- Speeding, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, etc.
- Ignoring traffic signals and rules
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Driving without a license
Without a doubt, the actions of drivers can directly contribute to incidents.
How Can Restaurant Owners Be At-Fault?
Restaurant owners could contribute to the auto accidents that affect their outdoor dining areas. Because of the current regulations (restaurants only being allowed to be open for outdoor dining), many restaurant owners who previously didn’t have an outdoor set up have had to quickly think of something be able to serve their customers. Some restaurants had full outdoor patios, while others had a designated space in front of their restaurant that served the same purpose. Some restaurants have set up outdoor dining in their parking lots. However, some restaurant owners didn’t have the space to set up efficient outdoor dining areas – so they have resorted to parklets. A parklet is essentially a seating area created in a former roadside parking space; parklets have become a popular option for restaurants looking to offer outdoor dining.
Because parklets are roadside, specific precautions have to be taken, such as making sure that there is a safe division between the seating area and the road, making sure the seating area is visible to drivers on the road, etc. If restaurant owners do not take the necessary precautions to avoid incidents, they could be at fault for any incident that occurs.
Can You Sue?
Whether the incident that you or your family suffered was a direct result of the negligence of a driver or the negligence of a restaurant owner (or both), you could have grounds to sue. Your right to sue will be essentially based on the duty of care that drivers and restaurant owners owner to you. Are you interested in learning more about your right to sue the driver or the restaurant owner? If so, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm immediately.
You Can Be Compensated
Based on the details surrounding your claim, you could be eligible to recover at least some sort of monetary compensation. What could you recover? How much compensation could you receive? Although every claim is different, you could be eligible to recover compensation for some of the following:
- Medical costs
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
If you are ready to learn more about the type and amount of compensation that you could be eligible to recover if your claim is successful, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm as soon as possible. Our injury lawyers are ready to aggressively fight for your right to recover the highest amount of compensation available for your claim. You can trust that our injury attorneys will not rest until you are fairly compensated.
What Should You Do?
After any sort of accident, there are a number of things that you should do to prepare to pursue a claim. Consider some of the following recommendations:
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- Seek medical are immediately
- Take photos of your injuries
- Take photos of the entire scene of the accident
- File an incident report with the appropriate parties (with the local authorities and with the property owner, for instance)
- Speak to witnesses and gather their contact information
- Gather all medical records, records of lost wages, and all other relevant records
- Speak with an experienced lawyer immediately
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