In New Jersey, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher is considered to be driving under the influence. While a DUI/DWI charge is not a criminal charge, it is considered a traffic violation, it still carries substantial penalties including steep fines, loss of license, and jail time, even for first offenses.
This is because New Jersey lawmakers understand the danger an intoxicated driver poses to not only themselves, but to other drivers and pedestrians as well. While New Jersey laws and policies go a long way towards preventing drunk driving, unfortunately it is still a major concern and cause of accident and injuries across the state.
When a drunk driver causes injury to another driver or a pedestrian, the injured party may wish to consider civil action against the negligent driver. A Passaic County personal injury lawsuit against a drunk driver has the potential to recover compensation for medical expenses and lost wages and income, as well as the possibility of recovering damages for pain and suffering.
At The Law Office of Fredson & Statmore, we have extensive experience helping clients injured by drunk drivers in towns like Paterson, Wayne, Clifton, West Milford, and the greater Passaic County area. With over 50 years of experience and millions of dollars already recovered in settlements and verdicts, we are ready to put our legal knowledge and skills to work for you in any personal injury matter, including drunk driving accident injuries.
Individuals who consume excess amounts of alcohol (.08% BAC or higher), illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, or heroin, and even certain prescription drugs, are prohibited by law from driving while under their influence. If drivers break this law, and subsequently injure another driver or a pedestrian in the process, they can be held liable in civil court for reimbursing damages caused.
In addition to suing the negligent driver, the injured party may also wish to speak with their Paterson personal injury attorney about holding a bar, restaurant, tavern, or social host liable for irresponsibly serving alcohol to the intoxicated driver who caused the accident under what is known as the dram shop and social host liability law.
The goal of any personal injury lawsuit is to recover compensation for the injured party’s medical expenses, lost wages if they are unable to work (either temporarily or permanently), and for their emotional and physical pain and suffering.
In order to be successful, your Passaic County drunk driving injury lawsuit must be able to prove that the driver who caused the accident acted recklessly or negligently, and that these actions were what directly lead to the accident and your subsequent injuries.
In the case of an intoxicated driver, proving negligence can be much easier than in many other personal injury cases. Police reports, or even a DUI/DWI conviction can often be sufficient in proving that this driver acted negligently and recklessly by driving while intoxicated. Your Passaic County intoxicated driver injury lawyer can help you gather this evidence, and use it to secure you the compensation you need and deserve for your injuries.
At The Law Office of Fredson & Statmore, our attorneys have over 50 years of experience helping clients across Clifton, Paterson, Wayne, West Milford, and Passaic County with all types of personal injury claims, including drunk driving injury claims.
Led by a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil Trial Attorney, our personal injury team features members nominated to the Super Lawyers list as it relates to personal injury law, and is committed to giving each client personal, effective, and compassionate legal counsel. With multiple million dollar verdicts, and favorable New Jersey Supreme Court verdicts, our track record of success speaks for itself.
To speak with our personal injury team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your drunk driving injury or dram shop case, please contact us online or through our Clifton, NJ office at (973) 771-5259.