Hackensack Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
Experienced Injury Lawyers Fight to Protect the Rights of Those Injured in Drunk Driving Accidents in Bergen County, NJ
Although criminal charges may apply when someone causes a car accident while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, criminal conviction does not give you the financial support you need. You do, however, have the legal right to bring a personal injury claim for financial compensation against the at-fault driver if you were injured in a drunk driving accident in Bergen County.
At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our experienced accident lawyers have over 120 years of combined experience fighting for accident victims’ right to fair compensation. We are passionate about making sure drunk driving accident victims are not left to shoulder the financial burden of these preventable accidents.
Involved In A Drunk Driving Accident? We Can Help, Tell Us What Happened.
If you or someone you love was injured in a DWI-related accident caused by someone else’s drunk driving in New Jersey, the law is on your side. You may have the right to compensation from both your own insurance company and under the impaired driver’s insurance policy.
To learn more about how we can help you get justice in the form of financial compensation, schedule a free case review with our drunk driving accident lawyers today. Our injury lawyers are here to go the extra mile to make sure you get the full compensation you deserve.
Establishing Liability for a Drunk Driving Accident
In New Jersey, it is illegal to drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs. With respect to alcohol-related crashes, a 0.08% blood alcohol content (BAC) reading is sufficient to establish that the driver was legally impaired. However, it is also illegal for someone to drive while impaired by drugs, including marijuana or prescription medications. Both alcohol and drugs can cause drowsiness.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs creates a hazard because:
- They can make it difficult for drivers to judge distances
- They impair the driver’s decision-making ability
- Certain drugs and alcohol impair the driver’s muscle coordination, so that reaction times are slower, making it more difficult for the driver to prevent an accident
- They can distort the driver’s vision
- The driver can have a difficult time remaining in one lane or maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles
- They can cause a loss of focus
Drunk driving, or DWI, can cause serious injuries and even death. Nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities are caused by drunk driving in the U.S.—despite the widespread enforcement of tough DWI laws. Serious DWI drunk driving accident injuries can also include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries
- Internal injuries
- Torn ligaments, tendons, and muscles
Some of these injuries can result in lifelong challenges for the accident victim. They can require extended hospitalization, surgeries and ongoing physical and therapy and rehab. In extreme cases, DWI or drunk driving accident victims can require the need for home modifications and in-home care.
At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our accident lawyers work tirelessly to find out what happened in your case and fight to get the fair compensation you need. To speak with an experienced DWI drunk driving accident lawyer about how to get fair compensation for your injuries, schedule a free case review today.
Dedicated Injury Lawyers Fight to get Justice for Drunk Driving Accident Victims
It is common for car accident victims to feel unsure about what, precisely, caused the accident. After all, accidents happen in a moment and it may seem that the other vehicle came out of nowhere. This is one reason why the first thing you should do when involved in an accident is call the police. The police are trained to evaluate whether the other driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our drunk driving accident lawyers know that the prospect of facing a lawsuit can be difficult, especially if you or a loved one are recovering from serious injuries. We are here to handle every aspect of your case to get the most compensation possible given the circumstances. Fair compensation should include:
- Reimbursement for any out-of-pocket medical expenses
- The cost of future medical care, including physical therapy and rehab
- Modifications to your home
- Lost wages and employment benefits
- Loss of your future earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Punitive damages
Call Today to Schedule a Free Case Review with Our Respected Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
Speaking with an experienced injury lawyer is the best way to protect your right to financial compensation after a DWI drunk driving accident in New Jersey. At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. With our fee structure, you do not have to pay our fees up front. We only recover attorneys’ fees if we win compensation in your case. Our skilled injury lawyers at The Epstein Law Firm, P.A. can also travel to your home or the hospital.
To schedule your free case review, call our office or contact us online today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Drunk Driving Accident Claims
In some cases, yes. New Jersey dram shop laws prohibit bars and restaurants from serving customers who are visibly intoxicated. If the driver was a minor and was served alcohol in a bar or restaurant, the establishment may also be responsible. It is also necessary to show that the alcohol that the particular bar or restaurant served was the cause of the driver’s intoxication. In some cases, this liability can even extend to the host of a private party.
If law enforcement tested the driver and cited them for drunk or drugged driving, that information can be used to prove that the other driver was at fault for the accident. However, an arrest for drunk or drugged driving is not strictly necessary to prove you are entitled to financial compensation in a civil personal injury case. We can prove the driver was at fault using evidence such as:
– Eyewitness testimony (including your own) about the state of the driver at the scene
– Testimony from others at a bar or restaurant showing that the driver was drinking before getting behind the wheel
– Video surveillance that shows the driver swerving or otherwise exhibiting signs of drunk or drugged driving