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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.
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On Memorial Day weekend of 2012, four people lost their lives on New Jersey roads. According to statewide law enforcement officials, four people again died on New Jersey highways over the Memorial Day weekend.

According to, the crashes were located in Clifton on Route 3, in Woodbridge on the Garden State Parkway, in Sussex County on Route 23, and in Atlantic County in Hammonton. New Jersey State Police Sergeant Adam Grossman stated that the four fatalities occurred in four separate accidents at these locations. Two of those who died were drivers, and two were passengers in the vehicles involved. All four accidents remain under investigation.

Sergeant Grossman said that New Jersey State Police had the goal of zero deaths on the state’s highways over the Memorial Day weekend and were disappointed that the total number of fatalities remained the same as last year’s total.
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According to Lieutenant Mark Ubry, Lawrence Township police spokesman, a car crash shut down electrical service to businesses and residences in the Franklin Road area for several hours. As reported by Lawrenceville Patch, only one vehicle was involved in the crash that caused the power outage.

Lieutenant Ubry confirmed that drunk driving charges have been filed against the car’s driver. Officer Ryan Dunn noticed while on patrol that power to traffic lights at the intersection of Franklin Corner Road and Route 1 was out and began to survey the area in order to determine the cause of the power outage. He believed that the cause could have been a fire in a transformer or another issue, such as a fallen tree. In the 100 block of Franklin Corner Road, Officer Dunn drove up to the scene of a crash. A utility pole had snapped and had fallen across the highway as the result of being struck by an automobile.

Ubry went on to say that the 21-year-old driver of the car from Brick Township was arrested at the scene. He was charged with the following:

  • Reckless driving
  • Failure to maintain a lane
  • Refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test
  • Driving under the influence

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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.
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A 40-year-old Union City man was killed in a New Jersey fatal auto accident when a vehicle struck him as he crossed the street. According to The Jersey Journal, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Tonnelle Avenue near 51st Street in North Bergen. Officials say the man was crossing the road when a Toyota Sequoia SUV careened and struck him. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter at a nearby medical center. The 70-year-old driver was taken into custody where he failed a blood alcohol test. He is being held on driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges.

Many tragic accidents in New Jersey involve a driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, drivers may not operate a vehicle, “while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drug, or operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more by weight of alcohol.” Negligent drivers, in addition to facing criminal charges, can also be held financially responsible for the damages they cause.

The family of a DWI victim can protect their rights and best interests by contacting an experienced attorney. In such cases where wrongdoing is involved, the victim’s family can seek compensation from the driver for damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, and lost future wages.

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.

Thousands of people are killed every year in the United States in motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers. What makes this even more devastating is that each of those drunk drivers made the choice to drink and then get behind the wheel. Every single drunk driving accident in Massachusetts and throughout the United States is completely preventable, but until each and every driver commits to never drinking and driving, other motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists will continue to be in danger.

Alcohol Impaired Driving Statistics

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vital Signs, adults in the United States got behind the wheel after drinking too much approximately 112 million times in 2010. Each of these times could have resulted in a serious injury or even fatal car crash. In 2009, almost 11,000 people were killed in drunk driving accidents.

Most holidays are a popular time for people to celebrate with family members and friends. St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. However, due to the presence of a large number of drunk drivers on New Jersey’s roadways, St. Patrick’s Day has also become a deadly day for many.

New Jersey Drunk Driving Crash InjuryAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) statistics, on St. Patrick’s Day in 2009, 37 percent of motorists involved in fatal car accidents had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. NHTSA statistics also disclosed that in 2009, there were 103 traffic accident deaths on Saint Patrick’s Day. Of that number, 47 people were killed in car accidents that involved at least one motorist with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher.

During holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day, it is critical that you protect yourself and your loved ones from drunk drivers. First, do not drive or let anyone else drive under the influence. If you are going to be participating in a party, plan a safe way home. If you think you see a drunk driver on the road, do not hesitate to immediately contact your local police department. If you see someone who is drunk and about to drive, take their keys and help them get home safely.

Super Bowl weekend is nearly upon us. As we gather with friends to watch the New York Giants take on the New England Patriots, it is important we remember that there will be an increased number of drunk drivers on the roadway. Every Super Bowl weekend, motorists who have been drinking while watching the game take to the roadway assuming that they are capable of driving safely. If you are celebrating the Super Bowl game with friends, please remember to use caution and drive safely.

Super Bowl Drunk DrivingAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Super Bowl Sunday has become one of the most dangerous days nationwide on our roadways because of fatal auto accidents caused by impaired drivers. The NHTSA states that 48 percent of fatalities nationwide on Super Bowl Sunday involve a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher.

If you drink this Super Bowl Sunday, please do not make the mistake of thinking you are sober enough to drive. It only takes two to four drinks for a driver to be considered under the influence of alcohol. Any amount of alcohol can impair your ability to think clearly, focus, and react appropriately to your surroundings on the roadway.

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.