A supermarket worker was injured after a car crashed into a Trader Joe’s supermarket in Westwood, New Jersey. According to an NBC New York news report, the driver of the vehicle, an elderly woman, was pulling out of a handicapped parking spot when she lost control and drove into the store on Irvington Street. The worker had just finished her shift and was getting a cart to do some shopping when the vehicle hit her.
The woman’s leg was wedged between the car and the two metal rims that keep carts together. The victim underwent surgery, but her condition is not known. The driver remained at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 33 million licensed older drivers in 2009, which is a 23 percent increase compared to 1999. In 2008, more than 5,500 older adults were killed and more than 183,000 were injured in car accidents.
CDC offers several tips for senior drivers that can help them prevent these types of incidents:
- Exercise regularly to increase strength and flexibility.
- Get your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year.
- Drive during daylight and in good weather.
- Plan your route before you drive.
- Leave a large following distance behind the car in front of you.
- Avoid distractions in your car such as listening to a loud radio, talking on your cell phone or texting.
- Consider potential alternatives to driving such as riding with a friend or using public transit.
If a negligent driver has injured you or a loved one, please contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer who will help protect your legal rights and best interests. You may also be entitled to receive compensation for your losses such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, permanent injuries, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.