Being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious legal matter. The consequences of a DUI conviction can be harsh, involving heavy fines, jail time, probation, and/or a license suspension. Additionally, an impaired driver who causes an accident is also liable for the injuries sustained by DUI crash victims.
A Friday afternoon collision involving 5 vehicles occurred on Route 130 in East Windsor on March 28. Daniel Gambale, 40, of East Brunswick, was driving a black 2000 Mercedes Benz south toward the intersection of Town Center Road when he allegedly caused an accident. Police said he was stopping at a red light in the left turn lane when he sideswiped a Toyota Camry and struck a Honda Accord at 2:30 p.m. The Accord was forced into the center median and toppled a traffic signal fixture. Gambale proceeded south in the turn lane and collided with a Honda Odyssey that consequently struck an Audi A6. Gambale’s vehicle rolled over before it finally came to a stop.
The drivers of the Odyssey and Accord were taken to local hospitals for head, neck, and back pain. Gambale was charged with DUI, possession of narcotics, two counts of assault by a vehicle, and several other traffic offenses. He was held in Mercer County Jail on $50,000 bail.
The increasing number of daytime impaired driving cases continues to disturb the authorities due to the increased risk these drivers pose to other road users. Daytime impaired drivers can be more dangerous than intoxicated motorists at night due to the heavy volume of traffic during the day. Law enforcement officers are being trained to recognize daytime impairment indications because their signs usually differ from those of nighttime impairment.
Law enforcement officials believe that most daytime impaired drivers have not been drinking all morning at a local bar, but they are under the influence of a controlled substance or prescription medication. Most nighttime impaired drivers are under the influence of alcohol.
The drivers injured in the recent East Windsor multi-vehicle crash were lucky to avoid severe injuries during the impact, but it’s too early to tell what medical conditions may result from their neck, back, and head pain. In many serious wrecks caused by daytime impaired drivers, crash victims suffer catastrophic and disabling injuries. In these cases, seriously-injured victims may incur large medical bills, lost wages, and rehabilitation and therapy costs. They may also experience pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Individuals facing similar circumstances can recover damages for economic and non-economic losses through an injury claim against a negligent driver. A personal injury attorney can reconstruct the facts of a multi-vehicle crash in accurate detail and can provide expert advice to injured victims on how to best proceed.