At Krivitzky, Springer & Feldman, our personal injury attorneys have been helping injured victims of drunk driving accidents for more than 40 years. We understand that these types of motor vehicle crashes often result in life-altering catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Our drunk driving accident attorneys are dedicated to finding justice for victims and their families and helping them recover maximum compensation for their damages.
New Jersey Drunk Driving Law
According to New Jersey Dram Shop law, injured victims may also be entitled to sue establishments or social hosts that served or sold alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person who causes harm. These laws are complex, and there are strict statutes of limitations for filing personal injury and wrongful death claims, so it’s important to seek the counsel of an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Our drunk driving accident attorneys have a track record of success in recovering maximum compensation in DWI injury cases. We put our experience and knowledge of the law to work for you.
Drunk driving is a crime.In many cases, if an impaired motorist caused the injury or death of a loved one, you may make a victim impact statement in the criminal court when they’re sentenced. A statement can help families heal and can have a significant impact on any civil lawsuits that are being pursued against the drunk driver and other liable parties.
Drunk Driving Accident Injuries
Crashes involving drunk drivers are often violent and cause serious injury or death, especially when motorcyclists, bicyclists, or pedestrians are involved. Some common injuries that occur in these types of accidents include:
- Spinal injuries
- Head, neck, and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Fractured or crushed bones
- Loss of limbs
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Burns, lacerations, and disfigurement
These types of catastrophic injuries often require extensive ongoing medical care, including multiple surgical procedures, hospital stays, rehabilitation, medication, doctor visits, therapy, and lifelong care. Victims who are injured in drunk driving accidents may not be able to work or perform everyday activities, which can have a harmful effect on the whole family.
Recovering Damages In Drunk Driving Accident Cases
Different types of economic and non-economic damages may apply in a drunk driving injury case, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship and consortium
- Wrongful death
Injured victims may also be entitled to pursue punitive damages in DWI injury cases. Punitive damages are not meant to compensate the victim; rather, they’re intended to punish the defendant for their reckless disregard for the health and safety of others and discourage others from committing similar acts.
Drunk Driving Accidents Involving Commercial Vehicles
If you’re involved in a drunk driving accident with a tractor trailer, multiple parties might be liable for your damages, including the trucking company. If you believe that a commercial truck driver who caused an accident was operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it’s vital to take steps to protect your rights. Our drunk driving attorneys can evaluate your case and determine all possible sources of compensation.
What To Do If You’re Involved In An Accident With A Drunk Driver
Call 911 and inform law enforcement of your suspicions that the driver was impaired. Even if you think you’re not seriously injured, it’s vital to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Signs of serious injury don’t always appear right away, so it’s best to get checked out by a medical professional to ensure you get the care you need. Medical records provide valuable information that’s important to support your claim.
Take photos of the scene, damage to vehicles, and your injuries. Ask the other driver for their insurance information, driver’s license number, and license plate. Collect contact information from any witnesses, and record or write down everything you can recall about the details of the accident.
Contact an attorney who’s experienced in handling drunk driving accident cases — having a lawyer to represent you and protect your rights can mean the difference between a significant recovery and no compensation at all. Your initial consultation is free, and our personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means that if we don’t recover compensation in your case, you won’t owe any attorney fees.
Contact Our Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys Today
If you’ve been hurt or have lost a loved one in a crash caused by a drunk driver, our caring team at Krivitzky, Springer & Feldman is here for you. To schedule a free consultation or ask questions, contact us online, use the chat feature on our website, or call 201-798-2711 in Jersey City or 973-874-0556 in Newfoundland, NJ.Our drunk driving accident lawyers also serve clients in Kinnelon, Jefferson, Vernon, and throughout the state of New Jersey. Se habla español.