Drunk driving is a major problem here in Atlantic City, throughout New Jersey, and across the country. In 2016 there were over 10,000 car accident fatalities in the United States related to drunk driving and 137 of those fatalities occurred here in New Jersey. Even scarier is that those fatality numbers are significantly smaller than the number of drunk driving accident injuries that occur each year. Our Atlantic City DUI accident attorneys represent DUI accident victims because we want to see victims and their families secure the compensation that they deserve and we want to see that drivers who have chosen to drink and drive and those who recklessly contributed to their condition and actions are held accountable.
Liability for DUI accidents
New Jersey is tough on drunk driving. Not only can the drunk driver be responsible for accident injuries, but in some circumstances, alcohol providers can be held liable as well. See below for a brief overview of potentially liable parties.
The driver in a DUI accident generally will face criminal charges and proceedings for his or her drinking and driving crime. A criminal conviction may help to punish the driver and deter him or her from committing the same crime again, but that does not help accident victims. Civil actions are available so that victims may seek compensation from the driver that caused their injuries.
Dram shop laws
In addition to driver liability, New Jersey law provides that irresponsible alcohol sellers may be liable for drunk driving accident injuries as well. New Jersey’s dram shop laws find sellers of alcohol liable when they serve alcohol to someone who is visibly intoxicated or when they serve someone who is under 21, regardless of their level of intoxication. When these people who were irresponsibly served alcohol subsequently cause an accident, the alcohol seller can also be liable for injuries sustained by other people (not the drunk driver) in the accident.
In some circumstances, a social host may also be responsible for accident injuries. Facts that will be considered are whether or not the guest was visibly intoxicated, if alcohol was provided to the guest in a reckless manner, and if the circumstances created an unreasonable risk of harm to life or property.
Injuries and damages
Depending on the facts of your case, recoverable damages may include property damage, lost wages, lost future wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, value of household services the injured person is unable to perform, disability, and impairment. In some cases, punitive damages may be available as well.
Atlantic City DUI accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. are victims’ advocates. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries and damages caused by a drunk driver, we will work to see that you and your family are fully compensated and we will work to see that every responsible party is held liable for their negligent, reckless, and contributory behaviors. There is no excuse for drunk driving and even more, there is no excuse for imposing injuries and devastation on innocent victims and their loved ones.