Statistics collected between 2013 and 2014 showed the most complete picture of this specific type of accident ever collected. State and federal agencies do not collect statistics for accidents occurring on properties such as strip malls, roadside stores and shopping centers. This makes the independently collected storefront crash information especially useful to researchers. New information is added as it is collected for measurement purposes. Researchers collected data on the following specific areas from 2013 to 2014:
- Ages of all drivers involved in storefront crashes.
- Stated causes of storefront crashes according to police documentation.
- Categories of buildings that were struck by vehicles.
- Names of businesses that were struck by vehicles.
- Numbers of chain stores that were hit by vehicles.
- Significant site types such as churches, medical facilities and others.
- Reasons for crashes such as drowsy driving, assault, mechanical failure and reckless driving.
People who were between the ages of 20 and 29 made up the largest group of drivers causing these accidents. Nearly 55 percent of all storefront crashes were caused by people who were 50 years of age or older, and the remainder were caused by drivers under the age of 50. Retail stores were the most common types of stores to be involved in crashes. They were followed closely by convenience stores, restaurants and miscellaneous types of businesses. Offices and commercial buildings were less commonly hit by vehicles. Business owners everywhere must be aware of their risks and must know how to be prepared for a vehicle crash. To learn more about storefront safety, discuss your concerns with an agent at Halo Insurance & Benefits Group 314-351-HALO(4256).