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New Jersey woman injured in bizarre car accident

New Jersey residents may anticipate having to watch for cars while they are walking through a grocery store parking lot, but not once they are about to walk in the door. However, as is often proved by stories in the news, bizarre things happen all the time. Many would agree that a recent pedestrian versus car accident at a Trader Joe's store falls into this category.

A female employee had just gotten off work at the popular grocery store and was getting a shopping cart for herself when an out-of-control car came barreling toward her. The elderly driver of the car was backing out of a handicapped stall when she lost control of her car and struck the store employee. Reports indicate that the employee was sent flying through the store's window and one of her legs appeared to be trapped by the shopping cart rails.

It is safe to assume that the injured employee sustained serious injuries since she was flown via helicopter to a local hospital. The current condition and the nature of her injuries are unknown at this time. It is unclear if the woman driver was injured in the collision.

A car accident that caused an injury may have other repercussions such as fines or even jail time for a driver, depending upon the circumstances leading up to the crash. Authorities have not yet indicated what, if any, charges may be filed in connection with this bizarre accident. The off-duty New Jersey employee would be within her rights to file for financial restitution through a personal injury claim for the injuries she sustained. Any monetary compensation awarded may cover immediate medical costs and possible future treatments -- not to mention time lost from work to recover.

Source: nj.com, Employee struck, sent hurtling through window at Westwood Trader Joe's, Dan Ivers, Nov. 13, 2013

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