Personal injury lawsuit possible in New Jersey accident

A woman at a New Jersey car wash on Route 35 was badly injured in an accident on the afternoon of March 17, according to local sources. Police and rescue workers in Middletown responded to the accident that sent an employee of the car wash to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver involved in the accident has not yet been charged with an offense, but could face a personal injury lawsuit even if no criminal charges are filed. 

According to the limited information available in the report, a vehicle that had just been washed was leaving the wash bay to be dried when, for reasons unknown, it collided with a parked car. An unidentified female employee of the car wash somehow managed to become trapped between the moving vehicle and the parked vehicle, crushing her between the two cars. She suffered serious injuries, despite the moving car accelerating at a slow speed. 

She was treated on the scene by paramedics, but was then flown to a local hospital by a New Jersey State Police helicopter. Her current status is unknown at this time. The driver of the washed vehicle remained on the scene and reportedly cooperated with police, who are still investigating the cause of this accident. Police have asked anyone with information about the crash to reach out to law enforcement. 

This case is an example of how not all car accidents need be predicated by recklessness or intoxication. In some cases, simple inattentiveness can be the difference between life and injury or death. This is why the state of New Jersey will allow the injured woman to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver of the car involved in the accident, even if no criminal charges are filed. If sufficient evidence of negligence on the driver's part can be presented to a civil court, the woman could be awarded damages for the injuries she sustained. 

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