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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.

Drunk driving is always dangerous, but it is particularly treacherous when the intoxicated driver is behind the wheel of a large truck. Tractor trailers are capable of crushing smaller vehicles and impaired truck drivers are more likely to run through red lights, exceed the speed limit, and veer out of their lanes of traffic. To prevent these types of dangerous situations, New Jersey law makes it illegal to drive a commercial truck with a blood alcohol level of .04 or greater. The legal limit for other drivers is 0.08 percent.

Despite the efforts of New Jersey lawmakers and law enforcement officers, drunk driving continues to be a serious problem in New Jersey. According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 164 New Jersey traffic fatalities in 2012 involved a drunk driver. That is 28 percent of all traffic deaths.

The family of someone killed by a drunk driver can hold the at-fault driver accountable for their losses by filing a civil wrongful death claim. Depending on the circumstances of the crash, a wrongful death claim may result in compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future wages, loss of benefits, pain and suffering, and other related damages.

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