National campaigns aimed at educating people about the dangers of drunk driving have existed for decades now. New Jersey and all other states in the nation make it a crime to drive while intoxicated, and the penalties for drunk drivers can be extreme. All of these efforts are aimed at reducing the number of impaired motorists so the roadways can be safer. However, some people still choose to drink and drive.
NJ.com reports that a 28-year-old New York man was killed after the GMC Yukon he was a passenger in rolled over on the Garden State Parkway in Old Bridge around 7 a.m. on October 11. According to New Jersey State Police, the SUV was traveling on the Parkway when it overturned around mile marker 122.3 in the southbound express lanes.
The 29-year-old driver and his rear right-side passenger, who were both not wearing their seat belts, were ejected from the vehicle as it rolled over. The ejected passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was taken to a hospital in New Brunswick. Two other passengers in the SUV were taken to a hospital in Neptune with non-life threatening injuries. The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said the driver was charged with vehicular homicide, two counts of assault by auto, and DWI. He will be placed into custody once released from the hospital.
Many innocent people on the roadways have become unwitting victims of traffic accidents involving drunk drivers. Far too often, these victims suffer serious injuries that change their lives forever. Some victims even sustain fatal injuries, leaving their loved ones and family members heavily affected by their tragic death. Nothing about the victims’ suffering is fair and right, because they only happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
While the damage done to the injured victims cannot be undone, there are laws in New Jersey that enable injured victims or their families to obtain monetary relief to help them move on with their lives after an accident. This right to seek payment belongs to crash victims and cannot be barred by drunk drivers or their insurance companies. Speaking with a New Jersey personal injury attorney will help crash victims understand how the laws apply to their case.
Have you or a loved one been involved in an automobile accident or collision? If you have lost a loved one due to someone’s negligence, you may have the right to a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. The Grossman Law Firm encourages anyone who may find themselves in this situation to give us a call today at (877) 764-2215 for a free case evaluation.