A 74-year-old woman was killed in a Gloucester County car accident, which officials say involved a suspected drunk driver. According to a WPVI news report, the fatal DUI crash occurred at the intersection of Holly Avenue and Lambs Road in Mantua. Officials say a 38-year-old woman was intoxicated when she crashed her Mercedes Benz into the passenger side of a Buick LeSabre. The 76-year-old driver of the Buick was injured and his wife was killed. The driver of the Mercedes was jailed and charged with vehicular homicide.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 589 traffic deaths in New Jersey in 2012, of which 164 involved an intoxicated driver. That means 28 percent of all traffic deaths that year involved a drunk driver. New Jersey had the largest decrease in alcohol-related traffic deaths nationwide with 30 fewer lives lost. However, drunk driving continues to be a serious problem that costs many lives each year.
In addition to facing criminal charges, families of deceased victims may also file a civil claim seeking monetary damages for their losses such as medical and funeral costs, lost future income, and pain and suffering.
While criminal cases may result in penalties for the at-fault driver and sometimes even restitution for the victims, a civil wrongful death case is the only way families can seek monetary damages for their tremendous loss. Anyone who has lost a loved one in a New Jersey car accident would be well advised to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to obtain more information about pursuing his or her legal rights.