When a drunk driver causes an accident, the fact that the driver is drunk might be significant. The first question is whether the intoxication was a factor in the way that an accident happened. If not, your claim will be no different than any other car accident. However, if the intoxication played a role in the driver’s negligence, two issues can arise.
- If intoxication caused the accident, the victim may receive punitive damages
First, the drunk driver might be responsible to pay punitive damages. In a typical lawsuit, the defendant is only responsible for paying an amount that compensate for injuries and financial damages. However, punitive damages are meant to financially punish a defendant and require an amount over and above the compensation. You can present a claim for punitive damages if a drunk driver injures you.
- The restaurant or bar that served the drunk driver may share liability.
Second, the person or business that supplied the alcohol to the drunk driver might also be responsible. If a bar/restaurant continues to serve alcohol to a customer after the customer is visibly intoxicated, the bar/restaurant can be held responsible under New Jersey law. If the drunk driver is under the age of 21, the individual or establishment that supplied the alcohol might also be responsible for your injuries.
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RAM Law represents all of Central Jersey in personal injury cases and is staffed by experienced accident and injury attorneys. We provide legal help for victims of slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice, workplace injuries, truck and car accidents, and other personal injuries. Call (732) 247-3600 to discuss your case and set up a free consultation at our New Brunswick or Somerville law offices.