Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
Drunk drivers are subject to severe legal penalties, and with good reason. Thousands of people are severely injured or killed every year due to the actions of drunk drivers. Of course, in addition to criminal charges, these drunk drivers may also be sued in court, if their car wreck caused injury to another person. They can also be sued for wrongful death if the other driver dies.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, you may be eligible for compensation for those injuries. Getting the best settlement, however, isn’t always a simple matter. That’s why we recommend anyone injured in a drunk driving-related accident in Jersey City retain the services of an exceptional drunk driving accident lawyer. At Greenberg, Walden, & Grossman LLC, we can provide you with a lawyer that has years of experience with obtaining settlements in cases such as these.
Were you injured in an accident with a drunk driver? If so, it’s important to retain legal counsel quickly in order to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries. Contact Greenberg, Walden, & Grossman LLC today for a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced drunk driving accident attorney.
Common Types of Drunk Driving Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are several types of accident which are common to drunk drivers, due to the effects that alcohol impairment has on motorists:
Alcohol causes drunk drivers to have impaired judgement. Their self-control and reasoning skills also become affected. This can result in lowered inhibitions, which cause them to take part in dangerous driving maneuvers, including driving at excessively high speeds. According to the National Highway Traffic Association, more than 40 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes due to high speed also had alcohol in their system, above the legal limit. This is quite a difference compared to the less than 20 percent of drivers who were not speeding when involved in an accident that resulted in a fatality.
Unwilling or Unable to Follow Signs and Traffic Signals
Lapses in judgement can also result in a drunk driver being unwilling to follow the rules of the road as communicated by traffic signals and signs. However, even if the drunk driver has every intention of obeying the law, they may in fact be unable to appropriately respond to traffic signals. They may simply not process their presence, or their reaction time may be too slow to respond appropriately. For example, they may not have the reaction time required to stop for a red light at a busy intersection.
Failing to Stay in Their Lane or Brake Appropriately
These failing reaction times can cause other problems as well, such as the driver failing to stay in their lane. This can result in collisions with cars in parallel lanes, or even crossing over into oncoming traffic, resulting in extremely dangerous head-on collisions.
It is also estimated that drunk drivers are responsible for nearly half of all fatal accidents that involved a pedestrian as the victim.
Dram Shop Laws
As in many other states, New Jersey has a “dram shop” statute. These statutes can allow someone who has suffered personal injury due to a drunk driver the ability to sue the establishment where the impaired person obtained the alcohol. This is only possible if the establishment knowingly provided alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person immediately prior to the accident in question.
Proving liability in these cases is complex, but an experienced attorney can make it possible to successfully sue under dram shop law.
Greenberg, Walden, & Grossman LLC has experienced, aggressive, knowledgeable lawyers who can help you with your New Jersey drunk driving accident claim. Call our Jersey City law firm today for a free consultation and find out how we can help you.