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If I’m Hit by a Drunk Tourist, Can I Sue the Bar?

By Lependorf & Silverstein on July 13, 2018

There are a few reasons our ancestors thought Prohibition was a good idea. One of them? The fact that alcohol contributes to an enormously high number of accidents each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts the number at 29 people a day being killed by impaired driving. That’s about 10,585 preventable deaths a year in the U.S. alone. Read the rest »

Fatal Accidents More Likely to Involve Alcohol

By Lependorf & Silverstein on November 25, 2017

It’s sad, but it’s true: impaired driving accounts for nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. Every day, 28 people are killed. That’s one death every 51 minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This statistic only gets worse during the holidays.
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Have Lyft and Uber Actually Reduced Drunk Driving?

By Lependorf & Silverstein on October 13, 2017

Uber and Lyft have repeatedly stated that their ride-hailing services help reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road. It makes sense, as finding another way home after having too many beers is much safer than getting behind the wheel of a car.

But a recent study done by the American Journal of Epidemiology shows that the claim is not quite true. Read the rest »

Don’t Drive Drunk in New Jersey (or Anywhere)

By Lependorf & Silverstein on August 25, 2017

police_sirens_3529373Getting behind the wheel while under the influence alcohol is not only dangerous to you, but to innocent drivers on the road. If you need proof, here’s a recent tragedy straight out of the headlines. Read the rest »

Steps for Injured Victims Following a New Jersey DUI Accident

By Lependorf & Silverstein on March 23, 2016

Drunk driving accidents are a regular happening on New Jersey roads. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that at least one person is injured every two minutes in a DUI-related crash. For instance – a Manahawkin woman was recently arrested for hitting three different vehicles, in three separate locations, while drunk. The woman sent a number of people to the hospital, including two children. She was eventually arrested at her home and charged with a variety crimes, including driving while intoxicated. Read the rest »

Questions for Victims Following a NJ Drunk Driving Accident

By Lependorf & Silverstein on March 7, 2016

Car accidents are overwhelming events. Whether you were in another car, riding your bike, on the back of a motorcycle, or walking across the street, there is nothing more frightening than facing down an out of control vehicle. This is especially true if the opposing driver is drunk or intoxicated. Due to their impaired motor function and lack of inhibition, drunk drivers are likely to cause much more damage than a sober driver. Read the rest »

Battle Against Hunger Founder Killed by Drunk Driver in West Windsor

By Lependorf & Silverstein on March 31, 2014

New Jersey Wrongful DeathThe 67-year-old founder of the annual Battle Against Hunger bike event has been killed in what officials are calling a drunk driving accident. According to a news report in The Times of Trenton, the fatal truck accident occurred on Route 1 at Lower Harrison Street in West Windsor. Officials say a Philadelphia man behind the wheel of a Mack truck was intoxicated when he plowed into the victim’s Lexus. The victim died from his injuries and his wife was seriously injured. The truck driver faces charges of death by auto as well as aggravated assault, driving under the influence, reckless driving, and failure to observe a red traffic signal. Read the rest »

NTSB Recommends Lowering Legal Blood Alcohol Content Limit

By Lependorf & Silverstein on June 5, 2013

New Jersey Drunk DriverMay 5, marked the 25th year to the day of the fiery crash between a school bus and a pickup truck near Carrollton, Kentucky.  A total of 25 people died in that crash while 34 others suffered injuries.  The pickup truck was driven by a drunken driver.  The school bus was coming home from a church trip to Kings Island, an amusement park north of Cincinnati.

As reported by USA Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chose this date for a meeting at which the recommendation was made that all states should lower the blood alcohol content level that qualifies a driver to be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol from .08 percent to .05 percent. Read the rest »

New Jersey State Police Trooper Admits Drunk Driving after Crashing Car into Creek

By Lependorf & Silverstein on March 5, 2013

As reported by The Associated Press on March 3rd, 2013, and published on nj.com, a New Jersey state trooper has admitted to drinking while driving when in 2012, he crashed his unmarked police cruiser, hitting two parked cars in a Monmouth County beach neighborhood, drove his vehicle into a small backyard creek behind 2211 Main Street, and then fled the scene. One car was heavily damaged, and the other was totaled. The officer was not on duty at the time of the crash. The officer’s driver’s license was suspended for three months, and he was fined $514. The trooper was assigned to an elite emergency response unit at the time.

The incident occurred at 2:45 p.m. on July 25th. The two cars struck were fortunately not occupied; however this is not always the case in drunk driving incidents. Such accidents are often the most devastating, resulting in serious injury or even death to innocent victims. Read the rest »

The firm’s principals, Gabriel R. Lependorf and David E. Silverstein, have each been representing injured victims in the State of New Jersey for over twenty years.

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