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Monday, August 12, 2019

Two Killed in New Jersey Drunk Driving Crash

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 29 people in the United States die each day in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This breaks down to one death every 50 minutes. In 2016, 10,497 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Many more sustained injuries. 

There is no question about it. Drunk driving is a major problem in the U.S. Alcohol-impaired crashes make up 28% of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash caused by a driver impaired by alcohol, be sure to know your legal options. You have a right to full and fair compensation for the losses you have sustained.

Two Killed in New Jersey Drunk Driving Crash

On Saturday, July 6th, a drunk driver rear-ended a pickup truck in the early morning hours resulting in the death of his passenger, as well as the teenage passenger in the truck. Krystal C. Diaz, who was 29 years old, and the 17-year-old pickup truck passenger were both pronounced dead at the scene. Both drivers sustained injuries. According to the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office, 23-year-old Tristan R. Rodriquez was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of assault by auto.

Drunk drivers cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries in the crashes they cause. Unfortunately, many drunk drivers will carry insufficient insurance coverage that is needed to fully compensate those injury victims that have suffered as a result of their negligence. The State of New Jersey only requires people to carry minimum coverage of $15,000 per person per accident. In some cases, drivers fail to even keep minimum car insurance coverage. This means that victims of drunk driving crashes may be left with a judgment that cannot be paid.

It is sometimes possible to seek compensation for your injuries under New Jersey’s Dram Shop Law as the place where the defendant drank, such as a bar or club, may be held responsible. Under New Jersey Law, if a person has been injured by an intoxicated individual, he or she may recover monetary compensation from the person who sold or served the alcohol if it can be demonstrated that the intoxicated person was “visibly intoxicated” when served alcohol.

New Jersey Drunk Driver Injury Victim Attorneys

If you are one of the thousands of people who have been injured in a crashed caused by an intoxicated driver, you are probably overwhelmed, anxious, and even scared. To be injured in such a crash and to see your medical bills pile up as you may need to take an extended leave from work due to your injuries, can make you feel so helpless. The Cassidy Law Firm is here to help. We are here to help fight for your legal right to full and fair compensation and we will investigate every possible avenue for this. Contact us today.

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