A police officer was injured in a New Jersey car accident involving a driver who officials say was under the influence of alcohol. According to Fox News, the car accident occurred on Bayshore Road in Lower Township when a car that had veered out of control and jumped the curb struck the police cruiser and drove away. The officer suffered neck and back injuries and was treated at a nearby hospital. Officials were able to track down the New Jersey hit-and-run driver after he was injured in a subsequent crash.
Drunk driving continues to be a serious problem in New Jersey. According to a 2009 report by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the 583 fatally-injured victims of New Jersey car accidents that year, 185 of them were killed in alcohol-related car accidents. That means that approximately 32 percent of all fatal New Jersey car accidents involved alcohol consumption.
Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-50, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher. Drunk drivers may be held criminally liable for their actions by the authorities as well as civilly liable for the injuries they cause if the victim chooses to file a personal injury claim. Losses such as medical bills, physical therapy fees, and lost wages may be included in a civil lawsuit.
The experienced Princeton drunk driving injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to hold drunk drivers accountable for the damages they cause. To discuss whether you have a valid claim against a driver or to find out what your claim may be worth, please contact our law offices at (609) 240-0040. We always offer free consultations to injured victims and their families.