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New Jersey woman hurt in five-car crash

A New Jersey woman ended up in the hospital after the car she was driving was hit from behind and pushed into the vehicle in front of her. The event set off what local police called a five-car chain reaction accident on Sept. 19.

The 52-year-old driver of a van told North Plainfield Police he did not realize traffic was stopped on Route 22 East when he collided with a vehicle driven by a 67-year-old woman. Both drivers are from Bridgewater. Her vehicle then collided with the car in front; in all, five vehicles were involved in the crash. The woman, who sustained head injuries, was taken to the Somerset Medical Center by local ambulance. Early news reports did not mention other people being injured.

Police cited the van's driver with careless driving following the 9:21 a.m. accident that took place where a new Costco store is under construction. The accident blocked traffic in the left lane near West End Avenue in North Plainfield.

Car accidents are traumatic events that most people will experience at least once in their lives. They disrupt people's lives, sometimes temporarily, sometimes permanently, as people endure injuries they suffered through no fault of their own. Medical expenses may be high; other economic loses may include income when victims are unable to work. Victims may be entitled to financial compensation for their car accident injuries. A personal injury attorney may be able to ease the burden for victims by handling their claims to the liability insurance companies. He may be able to gather the needed proof to document the victim's claim to this compensation.

Source: NJ.com, "Police: Man was not paying attention when he caused 5-car crash, sending woman to hospital", Meghan Shapiro-Hodgin, September 20, 2013

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