A man was killed in a pedestrian accident in Newark recently, which officials say involved a drunk driver. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the fatal accident occurred at the intersection of South 17th Street and Madison Avenue in Newark. The victim was pinned under a black Mazda and both of his legs were severed. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he died. The female driver of the Mazda was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.
There is no question that drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs put the lives of all commuters and pedestrians in jeopardy. New Jersey Statute 39:4-50 defines a drunk driver as “a person who operates a motor 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.” Drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol may not only face criminal charges, but also be held civilly liable for any injuries or damages they may cause.
The family of someone killed in a drunk driving car accident in New Jersey may pursue financial compensation for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault motorist. Drunk drivers may be held liable for all accident-related damages, including medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost future income.
The wrongful death attorneys in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to hold at-fault motorists accountable for their actions. We make sure that our clients get the compensation they need and that their legal rights are protected. If you have lost a loved one in a car crash that involved a drunk driver, please call our law offices at 609-240-0040 for a free, comprehensive, and confidential consultation.