New Jersey Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
In New Jersey, a driver is considered to be driving under the influence if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is over .08. Drunk drivers have slower reactions and frequently weave across the lanes of the highway. They use poor judgment when entering the flow of traffic. They might enter an expressway via the exit ramp and cause a head-on collision — one of the most deadly types of accidents. With all the notoriety and public outcry over driving while intoxicated, it is remarkable that drivers still try to get away with it. Even if they manage to get home safely once, they will eventually cause an accident. It is a sad, but accurate, prediction.
Out of all the motor vehicle deaths in New Jersey during 2011, nearly one-third of the drivers had consumed alcohol, according to the State Police. Over sixteen percent of the drivers were intoxicated. During that year, 627 people died on New Jersey highways from drunk drivers. Of those who died, 362 were drivers and 105 were passengers.
Over the past ten years, we have seen a substantial rise in the number of car accidents caused by impaired drivers in New Jersey. Quite often, the drunk driver does not have adequate automobile insurance to cover the damages of the victim. Fortunately, New Jersey has laws that enable someone hit by a drunk driver to sue bars, restaurants, and even private individuals if they served alcohol to the driver while he or she was visibly intoxicated.
Our lawyers have extensive experience in suing drunk drivers, bars, restaurants, arenas, and social hosts for causing accidents. In handling these lawsuits, our firm works closely with toxicologists, accident reconstructionists and liquor liability experts so as to effectively and aggressively prepare and present our client’s case. Through our successes, we have obtained a reputation as lawyers who handle high-profile accident cases, including our victory in the largest drunk driving lawsuit jury verdict in the nation’s history. That case involved a 2-year-old girl who was severely injured by an impaired driver. After a four-week trial, the jury awarded damages of $135 million. Although the verdict was overturned on appeal, it subsequently settled to our client’s benefit. We have also been named to the Best New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers list by the Best Lawyers in America publication.
Drunk Driving Accident Lawsuits in NJ
At Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, we detest drunk drivers and will do everything in our power to make sure that they are forced to compensate their victims to the fullest extent possible. Our team is extremely experienced in suing drunk drivers and making them pay. We aggressively handle each case from the beginning and we won’t let up until the case is settled or goes to court.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident caused by a drunk driver that resulted in serious personal injury or death, protect your rights and contact the New Jersey law firm of Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman. One of our experienced lawyers will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your case.