A 40-year-old Union City man was killed in a New Jersey fatal auto accident when a vehicle struck him as he crossed the street. According to The Jersey Journal, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Tonnelle Avenue near 51st Street in North Bergen. Officials say the man was crossing the road when a Toyota Sequoia SUV careened and struck him. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter at a nearby medical center. The 70-year-old driver was taken into custody where he failed a blood alcohol test. He is being held on driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges.
Many tragic accidents in New Jersey involve a driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, drivers may not operate a vehicle, “while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drug, or operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more by weight of alcohol.” Negligent drivers, in addition to facing criminal charges, can also be held financially responsible for the damages they cause.
The family of a DWI victim can protect their rights and best interests by contacting an experienced attorney. In such cases where wrongdoing is involved, the victim’s family can seek compensation from the driver for damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, and lost future wages.
The skilled New Jersey drunk driving victim attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein help families recover just compensation for their significant losses. If you have lost a loved one as the result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, please contact our experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.