Under New Jersey law, negligent drivers may be held civilly liable for the damages they cause. Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) is a common form of negligence that results in many injuries and fatalities each year. According to The New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety, 127 people were killed in alcohol-related car accidents in New Jersey in 2009 while 133 died in 2010. If you or a loved one has suffered a loss because of a drunk driver, please understand that you do have legal rights.
If you are involved in a New Jersey DUI accident, you would be well advised to contact the authorities, take down detailed notes about the accident, exchange information with the other motorist, and seek immediate medical care. If you have suffered a serious injury or if you worry that the at-fault driver’s insurance will not provide you with fair compensation for your injuries, you should contact a skilled attorney who can explore other avenues of compensation such as your own auto insurance policy.
In a DUI case where you were the victim, it is important to get a copy of the police report. It is also critical that you stay on top of the criminal case. However, it is important to remember that although it might help you if the driver is found guilty or pleads guilty to drunk driving, you must file a civil claim in order to receive compensation. Such a claim or lawsuit will help you seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
The experienced New Jersey DUI accident injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a successful track record of holding drunk drivers accountable for the damages they cause. If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey DUI collision, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.