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Stuart Silverstein is assistant editor at FairWarning.

4 comments to “Green Light for Effort to Prevent Storefront Car Crashes”

  1. Andrew Laituri

    I remember in days past, bollard posts were pretty common in separating vehicles from buildings, as was parallel parking and curbs. Much of this has given way to smooth pavement transitions and recycled plastic curbing, secured with a couple pins. I am curious as to whether or not these architectural changes have contributed to the issue.

  2. Greg Cupper

    Thanks for highlighting this very significant traffic safety issue. As a traffic safety educator, I regularly point out, in blogs,tweets, newsletters and in classroom instruction, the seriousness of how many crashes happen this way and how pedestrians or people in businesses are at risk of this happening.

    In a recent company newsletter, I wrote about how if you do a news search of “car crashes” in Google news, you will see daily how many vehicles crash through stores, churches and other objects. Interestingly, when researching the study, I learned that NHTSA defines a pedestrian as: “A pedestrian, as defined for the purpose of this Traffic Safety Fact Sheet publication, is any person on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting or lying down who is involved in a motor vehicle traffic crash”.

    Here is the interesting part of their definition: “For the purpose of this Traffic Safety Fact Sheet a traffic crash is an incident that involves one or more vehicles where at least one vehicle is in-transport and the crash originates on a public traffic way. Crashes that occurred exclusively on private property, including parking lots and driveways, were excluded.”

    This appears to mean that individuals who are injured or killed when hit by a vehicle on private property are excluded. If this is the case, the number injured or killed in these crashes are not included.

  3. admin_stuart

    Hi Paul. Thank you for your interest in the story. That statement was based largely on a database provided to FairWarning by the Storefront Safety Council. The database included links to news accounts of storefront crashes around the U.S. over a 12-month period. The statement also was supported by evidence from court cases against convenience store chains where hundreds of storefront crashes have occurred over the years. In addition, the U.S. Postal Service said its branches suffered 592 crashes in its 2013 fiscal year. For more information, you might want to check our previous story about storefront crashes, which you’ll find here:


  4. Paul Jones

    Can you please provide your data source for the statement, “Almost every day, somewhere in the U.S., a car jumps over a curb and smashes into a convenience store, coffee shop or restaurant.”?

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