A 9-year-old child was recently injured in a Newark car accident involving a vehicle in a police pursuit. According to a news report in The Star Ledger, the serious injury accident occurred in Newark’s South Ward neighborhood near Clinton Avenue and Bergen Street. Officials say a white pickup truck drove through a red light and struck a sedan. A 9-year-old passenger in the four-door sedan was ejected when the vehicle struck a pole.
New Jersey police pursuit cases can be complex and challenging to handle. N.J.S.A. 59:5-2(b) provides immunity to police officers involved in a pursuit of a suspect. This does not, however, allow police officers to disregard public safety or act recklessly.
In addition, drivers whose negligence causes an accident can be held liable for the damages they cause. Examples of driver negligence include speeding, driving while intoxicated, failing to yield the right of way, driving distracted, and failing to obey traffic control devices. In cases involving serious injuries, the at-fault driver can be held responsible for losses such as medical bills, hospitalization, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
The skilled auto accident injury lawyers in New Jersey at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to hold negligent, careless, and reckless drivers accountable for the injuries they cause. To discuss your legal rights with a skilled car accident attorney at no cost, please call our Princeton offices at (609) 240-0040.