Drunk driving is a serious problem in New Jersey. According to data gathered on the Alcoholalert.com, there were 583 fatalities as a result of drunk driving accidents in New Jersey during 2009. Anyone who has been injured or has lost a loved one in a New Jersey DUI collision has the right to pursue financial compensation from the drunk driver. If it is determined that the at-fault motorist was driving while intoxicated, he or she may be held liable for the injuries, damages, and losses caused. To seek compensation in such cases, the victim may have to file a personal injury claim.
It is important to remember that civil litigation is different from criminal proceedings. In order to obtain a conviction in a criminal case, the prosecutor must prove that a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. However, in a civil case, the plaintiff only has to prove that the driver’s negligence caused or contributed to the accident and resulting injuries. In other words, a drunk driver does not have to be cited or convicted of driving while intoxicated in order to be held civilly liable for the injuries suffered.
An injured DUI accident victim can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, and surgery costs, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Families who have lost loved ones due to the actions of a drunk driver can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation.
The skilled Princeton DWI accident victim lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one has been injured in a DWI collision, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a no-cost consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.