The majority of the time, law enforcement officials here in New Jersey and elsewhere arrive at the scene of a crash after all of the vehicles have come to rest. In some car accidents, it is obvious fairly quickly what happened and who is responsible, but more often than not, further investigation is needed in order to make those determinations. One of the resources used to that end are traffic cameras.
Footage from traffic cameras at an intersection in a New Jersey city could answer some questions police still have regarding a recent car vs. pedestrian accident. The crash occurred at around 9 a.m. on a Wednesday morning at the end of July. As a mother and her 3-year-old daughter were crossing a local street at an intersection, a southbound car struck them.
Both mother and daughter suffered critical injuries, and emergency medical personnel rushed them to a local hospital. Sadly, the girl succumbed to her injuries. At last report, her mother remained hospitalized in serious condition. The driver of the car was not injured. It is not yet known whether he will face any charges in connection with the accident.
The mother who was seriously injured in this accident could be facing a long recovery. As she recovers and deals with the loss of her daughter, she will undoubtedly incur a significant amount of damages for which she retains the right to file a civil action against the driver on behalf of herself and her daughter. No amount of monetary restitution can erase these tragic events, but it might help with the financial struggles that often accompany pedestrian vs. car accidents.
Source: nj.com, "3-year-old girl struck, killed by car in Plainfield; mother seriously injured", Jessica Remo, July 27, 2016