Breakfast patrons in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia were interrupted Wednesday as a car crashed into the outdoor dining seating. Eight people went to the hospital after the collision on Fourth and Reno Streets. All treated were in stable condition and none appear to have life-threatening injuries. The driver appeared to be attempting to pass a parked car in the residential street and swerved into the covered seating section on the corner, also hitting another parked car. The slow speed of travel likely prevented the damage from being worse to the victims or the facility.
The incident highlights an increasing danger as cities and facilities re-open. The warmer weather will persuade more citizens to eat outside, which means doing so on busier streets with more car traffic, as more commuters return to work and other normal activities. While Philadelphia and other governments remove indoor limitations on dining and other activities, summer means more outdoor socializing, especially as more people get vaccinated and seek more opportunities to get out and do things. Restaurants, notably independent operations based in walkable, residential areas, will likely want to continue outside seating to maximize revenue and try to recover from months of shutdowns and limited seating.
Even when coronavirus concerns start to subside, there is still risk in everyday activities. Injuries can happen anywhere, from neglected store floors to poor driving around outdoor dining. If you are injured while just living your life, it matters to have a trusted attorney at your side. The personal injury attorneys at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC can help you work through your claim and fight to get as much compensation for your pain and suffering. Call us today at 215-569-8488 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. With offices in Philadelphia, Abington, and Media, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware; and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we are ready to serve our neighbors in Philadelphia, Delaware County, Chester County, Pennsylvania, Wilmington, Delaware, and New Jersey.