New Jersey residents may assume that after they park their cars and enter buildings, they can stop worrying about traffic hazards. But this simply is not the case. Even when you step inside a building, a wall cannot necessarily protect you from a vehicle impact. This is especially true in the case of semi-trucks and other large vehicles that are fully capable of bulldozing straight through even the most sturdy structures. A recent crash in South Jersey highlights this danger with alarming clarity. But what can you do if you have been hit by a vehicle that crashed into a building? How can you pursue compensation for your medical expenses and missed wages?
Truck Catches Fire After Crashing Into Dental Clinic
On September 6, 2023, it was reported that an out-of-control truck had veered off the road before smashing straight into a dental clinic. The truck then caught fire, posing a serious hazard to everyone inside the building. The driver of the truck suffered serious injuries in the crash, which left him trapped inside his vehicle while flames erupted around him. Fortunately, he was rescued, but he then required immediate medical attention. An office manager inside the dental clinic was also hurt but with less serious injuries.
It is not clear what caused the crash, and the entire incident remains under investigation. What seems clear is that something caused the truck driver to lose control of the vehicle. Possibilities include intoxication, distraction, speeding, or failure to obey traffic signs. However, it is also possible that another car caused the crash, and that the truck driver was simply swerving in order to avoid a collision.
Cars Crash Into New Jersey Buildings All the Time
This is not the first time a car has crashed into a New Jersey building within the past few months and years. About one month prior in August, a truck crashed into a home in Howell Township. The crash completely demolished one wall of the residence, leaving a hole in its wake. Repairing the home after such an accident seems like a serious expense, and indeed the entire residence may prove to be a write-off. Very little additional information was provided about this incident other than the fact that the driver was the only person injured in the crash. However, officers reported that they were conducting a further investigation during the days after the crash.
A few months beforehand, a car crashed straight through the doors of a building in Englewood, causing injuries to the driver in the process. It was then determined that the injured individual was attempting to remove equipment from the rear of the vehicle when it rolled backward, striking him and pushing him through the glass doors of a building. This caused serious injuries to the pelvis, legs, and back. Because of the circumstances of this accident, it is likely that it will be handled as a workers’ comp claim. No other injuries were reported.
Perhaps the most notable recent accident of this nature occurred back in 2019 when a flying Porsche ended up in the second story of a business building. The driver of the Porsche and one passenger were speeding down Hooper Avenue in Toms River when the vehicle veered off the road and hit an embankment. This caused the sports car to fly through the air before eventually striking the second story of a building.
The Porsche was flying at such a high rate of speed that it went straight through the brick wall and ended up fully inside the building. The speed also proved to be deadly, as both occupants died. Fortunately, the building was unoccupied at the time – and no other people were hurt. However, the community mourned the loss of the victims – who were described as good-natured people by all accounts.
Where Can I Find a Qualified Personal Injury Attorney in New Jersey?
If you’ve been searching for an experienced personal injury attorney in New Jersey, look no further than Lependorf & Silverstein. Over the years, we have helped numerous plaintiffs strive for positive results after suffering injuries. Pedestrians deserve the right to pursue justice, whether they were injured on the sidewalk or inside buildings. While a car crashing into a building may pose unique considerations for injured plaintiffs, they are still entitled to pursue coverage for their medical expenses, missed wages, emotional distress, and more. Reach out today to get started with an effective action plan.