Chicago (WBBM) — A Chicago man received a record-breaking settlement from 7-Eleven after he lost both legs in a pinyin crash at a store in 2017.
The incident revealed a disturbing trend – cars crashed into storefronts across the country with alarming regularity.
On CBS 2 Exclusive Tuesday night, CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar examined the data.
The northwestern suburban man we call Carl has adapted to life without legs. He is now a double amputee.
Surveillance video and animation of the 2017 incident provided to us shows Carl waiting outside a 7-Eleven in Bensenville where he went to buy coffee.
Karl remained wedged between the store building and the car.
The driver later pleaded guilty to aggravated reckless driving.
“If the necessary precautions are taken, this is an avoidable incident,” said attorney Larry Rogers Jr.
Carl, now in his mid-50s, had just been awarded $91 million by 7-Eleven for pretrial recovery, the largest for an injured person in Illinois, and for his own safety we ask that we not identify him. I asked for
I spoke with an attorney at Power Rogers LLC.
Attorney James Power said, “This is a national issue, people are dying, they’re losing limbs,” and added, “The idea of allowing companies to keep this out of the public eye is what we’re trying to do. I did not endorse it.”
What happened to Karl is not an isolated incident.
In the United States, 6,253 cars have crashed into 7-Eleven stores over the past 15 years. This is his average of 1.14 units per day.
7-Eleven appears to have fought in court not to release the data.
“They haven’t provided that kind of information for years,” Rogers said.
Rob Reiter is co-founder of the Storefront Safety Council. In this case, he was expertly retained by Carl’s attorneys.
“Installing bollards will pretty much solve that problem,” he said of the dangers.
Writers advocate installing safety bollards or protective barriers in front of stores.
The writer claims that such a bollard would have saved Karl’s leg.
“If somebody spent about $800, this accident wouldn’t happen,” he said.
According to data collected by Reiter, more than 100 such incidents occur daily in U.S. storefronts, injuring 16,000 people and killing 2,600 people each year.
“The battle is to refurbish stores, and if a new store is up to a certain standard, refurbish other stores to a similar standard,” said Reiter.
7-Eleven issued a statement, part of which read: It’s important to note that this unfortunate accident was caused by a reckless driver pleading guilty, and this store complied with all local building codes and ordinances. “
“I urge you to take the necessary steps to protect people so that something like this never happens again,” Power said.
The judge in the case said 7-Eleven was obligated to install those protective bollards in front of its Bensenville store.
We asked 7-Eleven a few specific questions, including whether new stores will require bollards and whether there are plans to install bollards at existing locations. I did.
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