Two officers were injured in a New Jersey car accident that resulted in the arrest of a 76-year-old Colonia man. According to The Jersey Journal, the driving while intoxicated (DWI) accident occurred at 16th Street and Marin Boulevard. Officials say the man ran a red light before slamming into the Jersey City police SUV. The two injured officers appear to have avoided suffering serious auto accident injuries. The Colonia man was arrested for DWI, failing to stop at a stop sign, and careless driving.
It is common for injury accidents to occur as a result of careless driving. Under N.J.S.A. 39:4-97: “A person who drives a vehicle carelessly, or without due caution and circumspection, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property, shall be guilty of careless driving.” There are many forms of careless driving, including failing to obey traffic control devices, excessive speed, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Police officers who are injured in traffic accidents may pursue financial compensation for their medical bills and lost wages through workers’ compensation benefits. In cases involving driver negligence, additional compensation may be available through civil litigation against the at-fault motorist. It is often in the best interest of the injured officers to pursue support through both workers’ compensation benefits and through a claim against the at-fault party. A skilled NJ drunk driving victim lawyer can help the injured victim of a New Jersey accident understand all of his or her legal rights and options.
The experienced attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long and successful track record of helping DWI crash victims. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 to find out how we can help you obtain fair compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses.