New Jersey Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
In 2016, 562 people in New Jersey died in car accidents. Of these traffic-related fatalities, 25% (139 deaths) involved alcohol-impaired drivers. Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, has years of experience helping victims of catastrophic and fatal drunk driving accidents in New Jersey. We’re here to help victims and their families seek full and fair recovery for their accident-related damages. If you or a loved one has been in a drunk driving crash, contact us to speak with a seasoned New Jersey drunk driving accident attorney today.
How Can a New Jersey Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Help?
DUI crashes involve two types of legal cases: criminal and civil. When someone calls the police after a DUI accident, the police will investigate a driver suspected of driving while intoxicated. An investigation may involve blood, breath, or urine chemical tests and/or field sobriety tests to gauge the person’s intoxication. Police may then arrest the driver on charges of drunk driving. While a criminal case is underway, injured accident victims have the right to seek recovery through a civil claim at the same time.
DUI victims should always file civil claims against reckless drunk drivers. Criminal prosecution can penalize a guilty driver with fines and jail time, but only a civil claim can result in financial compensation for your losses. A criminal DUI conviction can help your personal injury claim, serving as evidence of the other driver’s recklessness. Breaking New Jersey’s DUI laws could even result in a negligence per se claim, in which the injured party needs no other proof of negligence besides the broken law. A skilled New Jersey car accident attorney can help you file your claim, prove negligence, and fight for the highest possible compensation awards.
Driving under the influence accidents are historically catastrophic events. Drunk drivers are often guilty of reckless driving, such as running red lights or excessive speeding. Damages in DUI accidents can reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Car accident attorneys help victims recover maximum compensation for serious collisions. The right New Jersey drunk driving accident attorney can help a victim fight for reimbursement for a lifetime of medical bills, lost income, and capacity to earn, debilitating injuries, lost quality of life, and/or the loss of a loved one’s life.
Drunk Driving Accidents and No-Fault Laws
In New Jersey, drivers either have no-fault or traditional car insurance. The choice of insurance is up to the driver when he or she purchases a policy. Traditional car insurance generally permits a driver to file a personal injury claim regardless of the severity of the crash. If you have no-fault insurance, however, it could limit your opportunity for a DUI accident lawsuit. With no-fault insurance, the only time the courts will allow you to pursue damages through a personal injury claim is if the crash caused any of the following:
- Significant scarring or disfigurement
- Displaced bone fracture
- Loss of a fetus
- Permanent injury or organ damage
- Wrongful death
If your DUI accident resulted in such serious injuries, you likely have the right to bring a claim against the DUI driver even with no-fault insurance so consult a New Jersey accident lawyer experienced in drunk driving accident claims.
Free Case Evaluation with a Drunk Driving Accident Attorney in New Jersey
To find out if you could be eligible for financial compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death claim, contact the drunk driving accident attorneys at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP. Request a free consultation by calling our office at (833) 726-6326.