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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.

Death in West Windsor

In July, a 50-year-old man driving a Mercedes Benz on Quakerbridge Road plowed into the rear of a Hyundai Sonata and then struck a Yamaha motorcycle. The driver of the Hyundai was rushed to the hospital with a head injury. The motorcyclist was killed outright.

The at-fault driver attempted to flee the scene, but was caught by watching citizens. He is now being charged with death by auto, assault by auto, leaving the scene of a fatal collision, and having an open container of alcoholic beverage.

Did we mention he was intoxicated? Now, because of this man’s reckless disregard for others, two families have been shattered forever. Three, if you count his own.

If You Drive Drunk, You Will Probably…

  • Fail to pay attention to your rate of speed and posted speed limits.
  • Fail to recognize dangerous intersections in time to stop appropriately.
  • Fail to realize that you are veering or swerving through lanes dangerously.
  • Fail to keep a reasonable distance between your vehicle and others.
  • Fail to comprehend the severity of your decisions.
  • Fail to abide by and adhere to the rules of the road or driving laws.
  • Fail to stop in time to avoid an accident.

Even one of these mistakes can result in an accident with deadly consequences for innocent people.

What Are the Consequences of Drunk Driving in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, a person found driving under the influence is subject to penalties including fines, prison time, mandatory driver education training, and the installation of a ignition interlock device designed to prevent the vehicle from turning on if the driver’s BAC is above 0.01%.

These charges may be compounded if someone is hurt or killed because of the accident.

Criminal charges, however, do not help an injured person recover. But a civil lawsuit can. If the victim has evidence that the driver was under the influence, that could prove that the driver was negligent and make him or her responsible for paying for all damages, including “punitive damages,” which are meant to punish wrongdoers.

If you or someone you care about was injured in a drunk driving accident in New Jersey, you need legal advice and counsel from someone who understands. Talk to the attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., by calling (609) 240-0040.

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