When at work, one of the last things a person expects to be involved in is a car accident. While it is a possibility for those whose jobs keep them out on the road, others arriving at their place of employment wouldn't likely worry about it occurring. For an employee of a local grocery store in New Jersey, this became an unfortunate reality. One minute she was storing carts at the entrance, and in the next minute, she was slammed through the front windows of the store. This car accident recently occurred at Trader Joe's in Westwood.
Witnesses and store employees ran to the scene to help the victim and the driver. The victim's leg was apparently severed after being pinned between the cart racks and the bottom of the car. Another employee used a belt to create a tourniquet to stop the bleeding, she was then taken via helicopter to a local hospital for immediate surgery. The updated condition of the victim was not reported.
The driver, an elderly woman, stayed in her car while others attended to the victim. She was interviewed by local authorities, but it is unclear if charges will be filed against her. The investigation is ongoing.
Pedestrians involved in a car accident most often sustain severe injuries, simply due to the weight and force of an enclosed vehicle. These injuries typically leave the victim requiring extensive medical care and rehabilitation. This can create a huge financial hardship to the victim, on top of the physical and emotional trauma that is normally involved. Apart from any workers' compensation benefits to which the employee may be entitled, she also has the right to pursue a personal injury claim against the driver and any separate owner of the vehicle involved. If the driver is found liable before a New Jersey civil court, the victim may be awarded financial compensation that could help with the medical expenses and rehabilitation she will need to rebuild her life.
Source: CBS New York, Car Crashes Into New Jersey Trader Joe's, Pins Employee, No author, Nov. 13, 2013