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Get Legal Help After a Motorcycle Accident With a Drunk Driver

Driving while intoxicated is incredibly dangerous and thoughtless, but every day drivers choose to get behind the wheel, or on a motorcycle, after consuming alcohol. This senseless act puts everyone on the road in danger. Alcohol impairs a driver's judgment and reaction time. It also impairs vision and makes the person less alert than if he or she were sober. These factors combined make it impossible for the driver to give the necessary attention to the road or react quickly when necessary. Alcohol use is a factor in almost half of all fatal motorcycle accidents.

In New Jersey, operating a motor vehicle, whether it is a car, truck or motorcycle, with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or more, is illegal. There is also a zero tolerance law for any driver under the age of 21. Any detectable alcohol in the bloodstream or a BAC reading of .01 percent or above for an underage driver will result in a drunk driving charge. Drunk driving while carrying a passenger under 18 years old is a separate offense.

Nationally, a blood alcohol concentration level of more than .08 percent or more was detected in 43 percent of motorcycle riders in fatal single vehicle accidents, according to a 2008 study. In New Jersey, this number was about 27 percent. Alcohol impairment is one determinant in the severity of motorcycle collision injuries, along with speed and size of the motorcycle.

Drunk Driving Accidents in New Jersey

If the drunk driver is caught, then the New Jersey Court System is set up with a series of mandatory license revocations, fines and in many instances jail time. A New Jersey drunk driver is also charged up to $3,500 by the state for the infraction and has their driving record affected for the rest of their life. In addition, if the drunk driving violation was especially damaging, involved serious injuries or was a subsequent conviction the criminal penalties are especially serious.

Victims of drunk driving accidents also have the legal right to file civil claims against the drivers and also against other businesses, government offices or individuals if they were involved as well. Throughout the state of New Jersey, drinking establishments have been found liable for the behavior of their clients, particularly if the bartender kept serving someone who was obviously drunk. If the drunk driver had a history, or if the city or state had not kept up their monitoring of the driver then they can be held partially liable as well. All victims of drunk driving accidents, as well as their families, should seek legal assistance of a NJ motorcycle crash lawyer to aid them in their case.

Call a NJ Motorcycle Accident DWI Victim Lawyer

The New Jersey accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. have years of experience with motorcycle injury law. We have built a reputation as leaders in our field and in our community. We are here to help victims recover monetary damages so they can get back to normal life as soon as possible. We strive to build personal relationships with each of our clients. To accomplish this goal, we accept a select few cases and put all of our effort into getting the best possible outcome for each client. If you were severely injured or lost a loved one in a crash caused by a drunk driver, call us at (609) 240-0040 to schedule a free case evaluation.

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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 five years.

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