Get All Access for $5/mo

7-Eleven to Pay $91 Million to Man Who Drove Through Storefront and Is Now An Amputee The anonymous man's payout is the largest pre-trial personal injury settlement in Illinois state history.

By Emily Rella

You could buy a lot of Big Gulps with that kind of money!

7-Eleven is being ordered to pay $91 million to an anonymous Chicago-area man after he became a double amputee following a crash into one of the convenience store chain's locations in Bensenville, Illinois.

The payout is the largest pre-trial personal injury settlement in Illinois state history.

The crash, which happened back in 2017, is reportedly one of "thousands" yielding similar outcomes, according to the man's lawyers.

Data showed that in about 15 years, there had been a reported 6,253 crashes through the front of 7-Elevens across the country, all of which could have been avoided if 7-Eleven had installed bollards in between parking spaces in front of the store and the storefronts themselves.

Bollards are short posts that are installed apart from each other into the ground to create a barrier between two areas.

Related: Driver Arrested in Deadly Apple Store Crash That Killed One Man, Injured 20 Others

When the anonymous man (who is choosing to go by 'Carl' in the media) crashed, his car flew over the curb when he accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake pedal, and he was pinned against the storefront.

The lawsuit also found that a separate driver had crashed into the same Bensenville 7-Eleven just a mere 16 months prior.

"We have evidence 7-Eleven had been getting sued for these kinds of incidents going back to 1990," the man's attorney, James Power, said. "They said they were not tracking the crashes, but the idea that nobody knew about them is a little unbelievable."

Carl's accident is unfortunately not an uncommon occurrence.

Last November, a man drove through a Massachusetts Apple Store location after accidentally getting his foot stuck on the accelerator, which lead to the tragic death of one customer.

It was not clarified whether or not anyone else was injured during Carl's accident at 7-Eleven.

Related: 7-Eleven Reinvents Itself to Meet Shifting Customer Expectations

Emily Rella

Entrepreneur Staff

Senior News Writer

Emily Rella is a Senior News Writer at Previously, she was an editor at Verizon Media. Her coverage spans features, business, lifestyle, tech, entertainment, and lifestyle. She is a 2015 graduate of Boston College and a Ridgefield, CT native. Find her on Twitter at @EmilyKRella.

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Side Hustle

This Mom Started a Side Hustle on Facebook — Now It Averages $14,000 a Month and She Can 'Work From a Resort in the Maldives'

Heather Freeman was searching for a way to make some extra cash — and her cousin gave her a great idea.

Side Hustle

This 26-Year-Old's Side Hustle That 'Anybody Can Do' Grew to Earn $170,000 a Month. Here's What Happened When I Tested It.

Stephen Alvarez was working at a dental supply company and following his passion for cars on the side — then an Instagram ad changed everything.

Starting a Business

He Turned His High School Science Fair Project Into a Product That Solves a $390 Billion Problem: 'This Has Not Been Done Before'

Vasya Tremsin was just 18 years old when he came up with the idea for outdoor fire sensor company Torch Sensors.

Business News

Why Does Taylor Swift Keep Stopping Her Shows Mid-Song? It's Actually a Great Lesson in Leadership.

Taylor Swift has paused nearly half of her shows while on the European leg of her Eras tour, and the reason is something leaders can learn from.

Business Ideas

63 Small Business Ideas to Start in 2024

We put together a list of the best, most profitable small business ideas for entrepreneurs to pursue in 2024.