Two people were killed and a third person suffered severe burn injuries in a New Jersey car accident involving a driver who was under the influence. According to a news report in The Star Ledger, the fatal DUI collision occurred on Grand Street near Grove in Jersey City. Officials say a 34-year-old man was under the influence of an undetermined intoxicant when he crashed his truck into the back of a taxi. The taxi then crashed into a pedestrian and burst into flames. A 44-year-old passenger in the taxi and a 41-year-old pedestrian were killed in the crash. The driver of the cab was pulled from the burning vehicle with severe burn injuries. The 34-year-old driver faces two count of death by auto and one count of driving while intoxicated.
Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-50, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher. It is also illegal to drive while under the influence of a “narcotic, hallucinogenic, or habit-producing drug.” Drivers who operate a vehicle while under the influence may be held liable for the damages they cause.
The family of someone killed in a DUI collision would be well advised to speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney. It is important to remember that criminal charges and a conviction in the criminal case will not result in financial compensation for victims’ families. A civil lawsuit filed by the victim’s family against the drunk driver could, however, result in financial compensation for their terrible loss.
The skilled NJ drunk driving victim lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of holding drunk drivers financially liable for their actions. If you have lost a loved one in a DUI collision, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.