Hit by a Drunk Driver
Drunk driving continues to be a serious problem plaguing New Jersey’s roads. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in three car accident fatalities in the US stems from an accident involving a drunk driver. In New Jersey, over 1,800 people were killed in a crash involving a drunk driver between the years 2003 and 2012.
If you’ve been hurt in a drunk driving accident, you deserve to be paid for your medical costs, time spent off work, pain and suffering, and property damage. Sometimes, it can be a challenge getting the money you have a right to receive without additional help. Instead, obtain experienced, knowledgeable legal help so that you can focus on healing after an accident with a drunk driver. Contact the skilled New Jersey auto accident attorney Andrew R. Jacobs for a free consultation on your case.
Holding drunk drivers responsible for their reckless behavior
After you’re hit by a drunk driver, you need to take action quickly to ensure you’re fully compensated. Our attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation of the accident, including documenting all damage to you and your vehicle, tracking down witnesses who can support your claims, and using accident reconstruction experts to recreate the events leading up to the crash. Our lawyers know how to aggressively demand a favorable settlement for you from New Jersey insurance carriers. If the verbal insurance threshold is met, we’re prepared to bring your claim for damages before a New Jersey court, so that you can ensure you’re fully compensated.
Other parties may be responsible for drunk driving accident damages
Even if the drunken driver who hit you doesn’t have insurance, or has insufficient resources to compensate you for your claim, you may have other options to recover for your injuries. Under New Jersey’s Dram Shop laws, also known as host liquor liability, establishments that continue providing alcohol to customers who are clearly intoxicated can be held financially responsible for injuries that those intoxicated individuals later cause. In other words, if a bartender or server can see that a customer is clearly drunk, but refuses to cut that customer off, that bar or restaurant may owe you money if the customer goes on to injure you or a family member as a result of being drunk. Similarly, the social host laws of New Jersey will apply if a private host overserved one of their guests. If that guest was clearly drunk at the party, and the host who continued serving them alcohol did nothing to prevent them from getting behind the wheel, then that host could be held liable for injuries the drunken guest later causes in an accident.
Help is Available for New Jersey Auto Accidents Caused by Drunk Drivers
Don’t try and navigate the complex world of New Jersey no-fault car insurance alone. Seek help from a seasoned, determined, and trial-ready personal injury attorney to ensure that you’re made whole after being injured by a drunken driver. Contact the law offices of Andrew R. Jacobs for a no-cost consultation on your claims at 973-532-9681 as soon as possible after an accident.