This past weekend, nearly two dozen people were injured in downtown San Diego after a taxi driver blacked out behind the wheel. Many of the pedestrians involved were leaving a local nightclub called Stingaree early Saturday morning when the taxi drove up onto the sidewalk outside the club.
According to the article, more than fifty emergency responders were at the scene of the car accident helping injured pedestrians and calming people down. At one point the taxi driver was attacked by people who witnessed the incident. He suffered minor injuries, including a broken nose. Unfortunately, others suffered a worse fate.
There were six individuals who were critically injured in the crash. One woman suffered a serious injury; her leg was severed below her knee. People helped her as best they could by fashioning a tourniquet to help the bleeding until she could be brought to the hospital. Her current condition is unknown.
The San Diego Police Department may still be piecing together the events of that night, but officers stated at this point that they do not believe the taxi driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident. One witness told officers that the taxi driver looked dazed after the crash.
Until the investigation concludes, it is unclear what exactly caused the taxi driver to black out and crash into the sidewalk. But it is clear that the accident caused a lot of serious injuries and damage. All of the people who were injured will likely be faced with a number of medical bills and even lost wages if they are unable to work while they are recovering. The woman who lost her leg will be facing the challenges of adjusting to life after the disabling accident.
So who is liable for the injuries? The taxi driver? The taxi company? In some cases, accident victims are able to financially recover for damages that they sustained in an accident, particularly if that accident was caused by someone else's negligence.
Source: 10 News online, "23 Injured In Taxi Crash Into Gaslamp Nightclub Stingaree," 13 February 2011