A 14-year-old girl and seven others were injured in a New Jersey car accident involving a car crashing into a donut shop. According to a report by The Jersey Journal, the car crash occurred at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Central Avenue in Jersey City. It is not clear if the driver was under the influence of alcohol, but the driver reportedly told a judge that he is “an alcoholic.” Eight people were injured in the crash.
Of the injured victims, six were taken to a nearby medical center. The young girl has already undergone surgery for her injuries, which include head trauma and broken bones. There were other children and a pregnant woman who were injured in the crash as well.
Whenever a car veers out of control and into a structure, it must be determined why the driver was unable to control the vehicle. These types of crashes commonly involve drivers who are under the influence of alcohol. Under New Jersey law, motorists with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher are considered intoxicated. Drunk driving continues to be a serious problem in New Jersey. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 583 fatalities occurred as a result of alcohol-related crashes in New Jersey in the year 2009 alone.
Victims of drunk drivers can pursue compensation for their losses by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault motorist. In such cases, compensation may be available for all of the losses suffered in the crash including medical bills and lost wages.
The experienced auto accident injury lawyers in NJ at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to hold drunk drivers accountable for the injuries they cause. If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk or negligent driver, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.