What’s the Problem?
In New York, at least 8 people have been seriously injured since the program that allows restaurants to serve meals amid the coronavirus pandemic began, according to the Wall Street Journal. The accidents occurred at street-dining areas in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Manhattan.
In 2 of the accidents, multiple people suffered injuries that required medical attention and property was damaged; In 2 other cases, property was damaged but no injuries were reported.
Another accident occurred when a pickup truck struck the outdoor dining area of L’Wren, a cocktail bar in Sunset Park, New York, injuring 3 diners and damaging property, according to the NYPD.
Officials said the driver lost control of the vehicle, which struck the bar’s outdoor dining area, knocking over a barricade and tables where customers were eating. The injured diners were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Restaurant owners and diners across the U.S. have reported numerous other cases in which vehicles crashed into temporary seating areas on city streets.
“It doesn’t surprise me that there have been accidents,” said Beau Biller, a forensic engineer and accident reconstructionist at the consulting firm Cummings Scientific. “All of a sudden, there’s something in the roadway with no warning. That’s going to be a problem.”
New York’s Open Restaurants program began June 22, 2020, and temporarily allows more expansive sidewalk and roadway seating than was permitted before the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 6,000 restaurants have been approved to set up tables and chairs in the roadway.
The program stipulates that roadway cafes must be at least 15 feet from fire hydrants and 8 feet from crosswalks. Barriers must be at least 18 inches wide with reflective tape on the outside corners.
Do I Have an Outdoor Dining Auto Accidents Lawsuit?
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If you or a loved one was injured in an outdoor dining auto accident, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.