Intoxicated drivers are shown to be less able to respond appropriately to changing conditions on the road and to effectively navigate traffic. They are also more likely to rear-end another vehicle, cause a head-on crash by crossing over the center line or by driving the wrong way, broadside another vehicle at a controlled intersection, or strike a pedestrian or bicyclist. Drunk driving accidents are completely preventable, but many have been injured or killed due to some people’s decision to drink and drive.
NJ.com reports that on Sept. 6, a 30-year-old Neptune man was killed after the 2009 Lincoln MKS he was a passenger in collided with another vehicle around 3:38 a.m. in Old Bridge. The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said the Lincoln, which was driven by a 38-year-old Neptune woman, was traveling east on Route 516 when the vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic near Mannino Park Drive and collided head-on with a 2011 Sonata.
The rear seat passenger in the Lincoln died at the crash scene. The driver of the Lincoln and her front seat passenger were taken to the hospital in New Brunswick. The driver of the Sonata was also transported to the hospital. After police determined that the driver of the Lincoln was driving while intoxicated, she was charged with assault by auto and death by auto.
Drunk driving accidents pose a danger to impaired drivers, their passengers, and even to innocent people who just happen to be in the area of an intoxicated driver. Too often, the innocent victims are the ones injured and forced to deal with the damage after a crash.
Innocent victims may be at the mercy of the actions of drunk drivers, but when a drunk driving accident occurs, injured victims may be entitled to seek relief for the losses they incurred such as medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. 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. Speaking with a New Jersey personal injury attorney may help crash victims understand their legal options for relief, including whether they have a valid claim for their injuries and losses.