It is always surprising when the news reports a driver who has not only left the road but also collided with a building with people inside. Drivers who cannot control their vehicles put themselves and others at serious risk. What’s worse is that they are more likely to cause pedestrian injuries, which could be severe due to a pedestrian’s lack of protection against the impact.
On Aug. 18, a report about a delivery truck hitting a 7-Eleven drew attention to why it’s so important for these delivery vehicles to receive appropriate maintenance. According to the news, a Fed Ex truck hit the front of a 7-Eleven convenience store just before 11 a.m.
What caused the truck to go off the road? It may have been a mechanical failure
The driver of the vehicle stated that the vehicle’s “check engine” light had lit up prior to the crash, and they said that they lost control of the power steering. This resulted in the vehicle going up onto the sidewalk and colliding with the building.
The building did have to be evacuated, and one person was injured. Fortunately, their injuries were reportedly minor, and they are expected to recover.
Crashes like this shouldn’t happen. In many cases, regular maintenance is all it takes to prevent issues like the loss of power steering or brake pressure. Fortunately, victims in crashes involving commercial delivery vehicles may be able to pursue compensation from the driver of the vehicle, their employer and any manufacturers or maintenance teams that did not repair a truck correctly. If you are struck by a commercial vehicle, remember that an experienced attorney here in Chula Vista can help.