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Car driven into a Wendy’s severely injures man

A 89-year-old New Jersey man was critically injured when an elderly woman drove her BMW SUV into a Wendy’s restaurant where he and several other customers were getting food on Feb. 19. The vehicle reportedly made it 10 feet into the building, coming just short of hitting the wall opposite the entrance. The SUV struck the man and sent him flying against the wall. He was taken to Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health and was reportedly recovering in the intensive care unit after surgery. Two other customers at the restaurant, a 12-year-old boy and his mother, were also involved but escaped serious injury. The boy was treated for minor abrasions and released within hours.

Behind the wheel of the SUV was a 77-year-old woman from the local area. Police were unsure of the exact cause of the accident, but the woman did not seem under the influence of any alcohol or medication. She reportedly didn’t mean to harm anyone, and the unusual accident seems to be a case of losing control of the vehicle. Police did not immediately charge the woman with any crimes.

This case is proof that car accidents can affect anyone in just about any situation, even someone inside of a building. Any injury caused by contact with a vehicle, even in such unusual circumstances as this, can be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit similar to any car accident. The man very similar to a pedestrian who was struck by a car.

Even when the negligence in a case is fairly obvious, there is still a great deal of documentation and proof needed to make a successful lawsuit. An attorney may be able to help an injured client to gather and organize this evidence when making a case. A well-organized case has the greatest potential to earn the maximum possible damages.

Source: The Jersey Journal, “Bayonne man in critical condition, but improving after Wendy’s crash, hospital official says,” Feb. 23, 2015

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