In the early morning hours of Friday, March 9th, at approximately 1:30 a.m. a woman crashed her car into LaRose’s Skating Rink in Franklin Township. She had failed to negotiate a curve along Route 209 causing her to run off the road and crash into the building. Franklin Township police are still investigating the accident for a possible cause.
The driver was injured and had to be extricated from the vehicle by firefighters. She was treated at the scene, then transported to the hospital. There were no parties inside the skating rink at the time of the accident. However, if there had of been, this could have been a catastrophic event causing major injuries or even death.
In accidents such as this one where injured parties were inside a building or establishment when a motor vehicle entered and struck them, the driver of the vehicle rather than the owner of the building would be the most likely liable party.
Anyone who has ever been injured in this manner should contact a personal injury attorney immediately. He or she can offer guidance and instruction on how to best protect your case by suggesting things such as limiting who you speak with and not signing any release or have any private negotiations with the driver’s insurance company. Further, they can help determine who is the liable party. While it would likely be the driver of the vehicle, depending on the circumstances it could also fall under premises liability of the property owner.
Source: Times News, “Woman Crashes Car Into Skating Rink Building,” Staff, Mar. 9, 2018