A 20-year-old South Hackensack man sustained a life-threatening brain injury in a car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, his car was rear-ended by a SUV. Two passengers in the car and the driver of the SUV sustained minor injuries. Authorities arrested the driver of the SUV for driving under the influence and for possession of cocaine.
Under N.J.S.A. section 39:4-50 it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle in New Jersey with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher; or to operate a motor vehicle under the “influence of intoxicating liquor, narcotic, hallucinogenic or habit-producing drug.”
Drunk drivers may not only face criminal charges in the event of an accident, but they can also be held civilly liable for injuries and damages suffered by others in the accident. Injured victims and their families can seek compensation from the at-fault driver for unpaid medical costs, lost earnings, the value of the lost services, disability, and the reasonable value of physical pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey car accident, or, if your loved one has been killed or injured as a result of a DUI accident, contact the law offices of Blume Forte at 973-635-5400. Our experienced New Jersey car accident attorneys can help you and your family through this difficult time, and, can assist you to seek fair and appropriate compensation for your injuries, damages and losses. Call us at 973-635-5400 for a no-cost consultation and an evaluation of your potential claim.