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New Jersey drunk driving accident results in serious injuries

Car accidents are not an uncommon occurrence. People often get up each day and prepare for their daily commutes thinking "It won't happen to me," if they think about it at all. There is no way of knowing if and when motor vehicle accidents will take place or who will be involved, especially in instances of alleged negligence like drunk driving. A recent accident in New Jersey reportedly involving alcohol resulted in serious injuries for an unsuspecting victim.

It was early evening as the nurse headed home from work. While traveling down Route 18, an alleged drunk driver was driving in the wrong direction and crashed head-on into the nurse's vehicle. Her car was totaled as a result of the accident and she sustained serious injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was extremely intoxicated and purportedly drove away in a stolen car after leaving a bar.

Authorities believe that the alleged drunk driver may have failed to recognize that the SUV, though similar to her own, was not her personal vehicle. The owners of the stolen vehicle reported that the keys had been left in the car at the request of the valet. The purported drunk driver was also severely injured in the accident and was transported to the hospital, where she later died as a result of her injuries.

It is uncertain if and when the nurse will be able to work again, since the serious injuries from the accident have prevented her from returning to her previous line of work in Old Bridge. The New Jersey nurse filed a civil lawsuit against both the driver's mother and the bar that served her in hopes of being awarded compensation for the bills she sustained as a result of the accident. When an offending driver passes away as a result of a motor vehicle accident, it may be possible to pursue compensation from that person's estate. Additionally, it is sometimes possible to pursue a dram shop lawsuit against a restaurant or bar believed to have negligently served a visibly intoxicated person more alcohol.

Source: nj.com, Cops: Driver killed in Old Bridge wrong-way crash had blood-alcohol level more than double legal limit, Anthony G. Attrino, Feb. 11, 2014

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