Several victims of the fatal car crash at the Apple Store in Hingham, Massachusetts are suing Apple claiming that it was 100% preventable.
On Monday morning, November 21, 53-year-old Bradley Rein drove his Toyota 4Runner through the front glass of the Apple Store. As his vehicle careened across the store, it severely injured 20 people and killed 65-year Kevin Bradley at the scene.
Doctors at the South Shore Hospital described the survivors’ injuries as “life and limb-threatening” ranging from head trauma to mangled limbs.
Lawyers question protection at the Apple Store in Hingham
According to WCVB, survivors’ lawyers have filed a lawsuit against multiple people including Apple, the owner and developer of the property, and the driver of the vehicle. Doug Sheff with Boston-based Sheff & Cook law firm said that if there were barriers between the parking lot and the store, this fatal accident could have been prevented.
“Our experts tell us that this catastrophe was 100% preventable. They simply needed to place a few barriers or bollards between the parking lot traffic, which was busy holiday traffic and the public only ten yards separated the two.”
Sheff also alleged that the store lacked protective barriers for aesthetic purposes.
“There’s protection with barriers for pipes. There’s protection for electrical fixtures, notably right next to pedestrian walkways, unprotected. There is even protection for dumpsters. So in this location, trash is better protected than human lives. Why is that? Would it be for esthetic purposes?”
Recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook and senior vice president of retail and people, Deirdre O’Brien visited the survivors and extended support in a statement.
We are devastated by the shocking events at Apple Derby Street today and the tragic loss of a professional who was onsite supporting recent construction at the store. Our hearts go out to our team members and customers who were injured and all of those who were affected by this terrible incident. We are doing everything we can to support our team members and customers at this very difficult time.
Previously, the driver of the SUV, Rein told the police that his foot got stuck on the accelerator which caused the unfortunate accident, it was not planned. He even cleared the breathalyzer test.