We rightfully expect drivers to pay full attention to where they are traveling. When they encounter something unexpected such as accidentally driving over a curb, they have an obligation to respond appropriately and make the necessary adjustments. Failure to do so can result in a serious car accident.

Around 1:00 in the afternoon one day last week, a man driving a late-model Hyundai Santa Fe apparently accidentally ran over a curb surrounding some greenery in a small Louisiana shopping center parking lot. He reportedly panicked and, rather than hitting his brakes, mistakenly slammed on the accelerator. The SUV sped forward and crashed through the glass entrance of a Snap Fitness center on Jefferson Highway.

A woman was exercising on an elliptical machine at the time of the accident. The SUV pushed the elliptical approximately 20 feet backward. The customer reportedly stayed on the machine until she eventually fell to the side. The woman suffered injuries to her hands and left elbow.

Another one of the customers at the fitness center worried that the SUV might catch fire because the driver failed to turn off the engine. The man said he repeatedly instructed the driver to turn the vehicle off, which he eventually did.

The East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy investigated the accident and noted that no one was cited. He reported that the driver likely panicked and did not realize he had stepped on the accelerator.

Anyone injured in a situation like this, caused by the carelessness of another individual, may be able to pursue compensation from the liable party.  Experienced Tuscon car accident lawyers will thoroughly investigate the accident, identifying liability and working to hold the responsible party accountable.