A child was thrown from a vehicle in a car accident recently that was caused by a vehicle fleeing the police in East Orange. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the accident occurred on Central Avenue near Shepard Avenue. Police were pursuing a vehicle when it struck a van that was carrying a driver and at least one passenger. No life-threatening injuries were suffered in the collision. Three people were taken into custody following the New Jersey car crash.
Police departments have immunity from liability with regard to accidents caused by criminal pursuits under New Jersey Statute 59:5-2(b) 2. However, there are protocols police agencies must follow. Law enforcement agencies must make a judgment by weighing the reasons for pursuing a suspect against the risks involved in terms of public safety.
In such cases, the driver who leads officials on a pursuit can be held liable for injuries caused to innocent bystanders. Injured victims of negligent and reckless drivers may pursue financial compensation by filing a personal injury claim. The at-fault motorist may be held liable for all of the damages suffered. Damages commonly covered by a successful civil lawsuit include hospital expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
The knowledgeable New Jersey car accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of holding at-fault motorists liable for the injuries they cause. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash caused by a negligent motorist, please contact us at 609-240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation today.