Driving under the influence is a choice that many people decide to make, which too often tragically results in serious injuries and the deaths of others. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol has become one of the leading causes of death or serious injuries in the United States. It accounts for one-third of all traffic accident fatalities. These accidents occur when an intoxicated person engages in reckless driving, including:
- Making an improper turn
- Failing to respect traffic signals;
- Failing to respect traffic signs; and
- Driving into oncoming traffic, among others.
The victims of these tragic accidents often develop both physical and mental trauma as a result of the crash. In addition, families of the victims often have ongoing emotional trauma. Due to this, a victim or the victim’s family may be able to recover damages from the supplier, server, owner of an establishment, and the wrongdoer themselves.
In New Jersey, there is a high rate of driving under the influence. With that being said, both pedestrians and motorists should be aware of drunk drivers on the road. Those operating a vehicle under the influence present a danger to everyone around them, because even a small amount of alcohol impairs a person’s ability to drive. Alcohol slows down a person’s reaction timing an cognitive abilities.
While all crashes involving alcohol or drugs do not result in a fatality, it may still cause severe injuries that require a person to receive continuous long-term care. This not only affects the victim of a drunk driving accident, but it affects his or her family as well. A person injured in a car crash as a result of an intoxicated driver may file a personal injury claim to recover damages for their injuries.
Damages may include:
- Medical expenses;
- Pain and suffering;
- Rehabilitation costs;
- Lost wages; and
- Long-term care costs, among others.
In addition, the family of a person killed in a drunk driving accident may file a wrongful death action against the wrongdoers.
If you or someone you love has been killed or injured in an automobile accident as a result of an intoxicated driver, contact an experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorney to recover the compensation the law provides. The attorneys at Rinaldo Law Group are skilled personal injury and wrongful death lawyers, who will fight for the compensation you deserve. Please contact us today at 1-833-RINALDO to schedule a free initial consultation.