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Drunk Driving Accidents

Personal Injury Attorneys Litigate Drunk Driving Accidents in NJ

Aggressive representation holds dangerous drivers fully accountable

Despite an intensive, 40-year campaign by numerous civic organizations, drunk driving remains a problem throughout the United States. And, even though New Jersey has some of the strictest DUI laws in the country, as well as rigorous enforcement, this problem continues to plague the Garden State. If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, our injury attorneys at Brach Eichler can help.

Prosecution of a drunk driving accident serves a dual purpose: first, we fight for our clients who have a right to recover full compensation for their injuries, but we also hope that our client’s case will serve as a warning to anyone who might think about getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or an illicit drug. We are passionate about pursuing justice in these types of cases, so you can be assured of our relentless advocacy on your behalf.

New Jersey drunk driving accident statistics

According to statistics from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 137 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes in New Jersey in 2016, a 27 percent increase over 108 fatalities reported in 2015. Only Alaska and Vermont experienced a greater increase. Even when we adjust for the fact that New Jersey experienced a seven percent increase in overall traffic fatalities, the spike in drunk driving deaths is outsized. Clearly, drivers in the Garden State have not gotten the message that alcohol and driving do not mix.

What to do if you’re hit by a drunk driver

When you are in a car crash, there are certain protocols you must observe. You must exchange identifying information with the other driver(s), and you must render reasonable first aid to injured occupants of the other car. However, the game plan changes when it becomes clear the other driver is intoxicated. In this case, you should anticipate irrational behavior, and, as such, you must think first of your own safety. New rules now apply:

  • Never engage with a drunken driver — When you discern that a driver is intoxicated, retreat to your vehicle and remain there with the window up and the doors locked until the police arrive. This rule is especially important to remember if you are apparently unharmed. Your justifiable anger together with your adrenaline may prompt you to lose control. You may want to exact justice on the spot. However, it’s better that you exercise discipline in the moment knowing you will have your day in court.
  • Contact the police immediately — You want to do this anyway, especially if anyone in your party is injured. However, contacting the police becomes more urgent in this scenario, when you want to express your concerns to them and prompt them to investigate and eventually make a DUI arrest.
  • Collect identifying information — There’s always a chance that a DUI driver will panic and flee the scene. Your cell phone camera is essential for collecting images of the driver’s car, including the license plate, and video of his/her conduct to confirm your suspicions.
  • Get emergency medical attention — Even if you don’t think you’re hurt, you must remember that adrenaline can mask injuries. One or two days later, you may be suffering intensely. But in the meantime, you’ve lost the opportunity to document a direct cause and effect between the accident and your pain.

Helping yourself at the scene, by behaving rationally and avoiding conflict, will strengthen your civil case for damages.

Finally, you should contact our law firm immediately. We can often give you advice on the spot and take immediate, decisive steps to preserve evidence that will help your case at trial.

Holding drunk drivers accountable is a moral imperative which goes beyond your single case. Yes, we will fight relentlessly to recover the compensation you deserve, but we also fight for the uninjured, for all those motorists and passengers that will suffer harm if future drunk drivers are not deterred.

Contact our determined NJ lawyers if you’ve been injured by a drunk driver

Brach Eichler Personal Injury provides capable and aggressive representation for victims of drunk driving accidents throughout New Jersey. Let us help you obtain the full personal injury compensation you deserve. Call us today at 973-364-8300 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

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