Seven people were struck and injured by a suspected drunk driver in a pedestrian accident in New Jersey, which occurred after the driver’s car apparently jumped a curb, the Associated Press reports. The driver ran into a crowd of people who were gathered on a sidewalk because some of the stores were holding outdoor sales at 57th Street and Bergenline Avenue. One victim, a 44-year-old man, was pinned underneath the vehicle and suffered major injuries including fractured legs and hips. Six other victims, who ranged in age from 13 to 65, sustained relatively minor injuries. Police say the driver, a 43-year-old New Jersey man, will be charged with drunk driving.
It is against New Jersey law to drive a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent. Those who are convicted of drunk driving face serious criminal charges, but they can also be held civilly liable for any injury caused to others because of their negligent and reckless behavior.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver in either a pedestrian accident or an auto accident in New Jersey, you may seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages and other related damages. Drunk driving pedestrian accident victims would be well-served to consult an experienced New Jersey pedestrian accident lawyer, who will fight for their rights and make sure they are fairly compensated for their injuries and loss. If you have suffered serious personal injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, please contact Princeton personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein for a free and comprehensive consultation.