As many New Jersey residents already realize, an accident can happen at any time. There is, sadly, no way to predict when or how a car accident may take place. Even for the most trained and experienced of drivers, any crash can become fatal.
A recent accident involving a New Jersey State Police Trooper could have been deadly, but thankfully, it was not. The trooper had just pulled a car over for a traffic violation at around 8:30 am on the day in question. While the trooper was citing the vehicle, another car came up from behind and hit the back of the police cruiser. That impact pushed the cruiser into the car that was part of the traffic stop. When this happened, the cruiser caught on fire.
The drivers of both vehicles suffered serious injuries. Both were transported, via helicopter, to an area hospital. Their current conditions are not known at this time. Miraculously, the trooper escaped nearly unscathed. He only suffered minor injuries, for which he was taken to a local hospital to receive treatment.
While New Jersey authorities continue their investigation into this multiple-vehicle car accident, they will determine what caused the third car to crash into the patrol car. Depending on the nature and extent of the injuries suffered by the driver of the traffic-stopped car, physical recovery could be long and difficult. That driver is entitled to file a personal injury claim against the third vehicle driver for damages including out-of-pocket medical expenses, any loss of wages during recovery and any other damages allowed under our state laws.
Source: philadelphia.cbslocal.com, Trooper, 2 Other People Hurt In Parkway Accident, No author, March 16, 2014