Despite all of the attention in the local and national media on distracted driving these days, drunk driving continues to be a persistent problem in America as well. Public and private awareness campaigns have tried for years to educate the public on the dangers of drunk driving, and ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft have definitely helped some people steer clear of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents still occur and lead to tragic results.
According to a recent report, a 28-year-old man will face serious criminal charges due to his decision to get behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated. The incident in question occurred back in October of last year, and the man was recently charged in New Jersey. The allegations are that the man drove the wrong way on Interstate 80 while intoxicated and, as a result, caused a multi-vehicle accident. Three people died in the collision and the drunk driving suspect will face three charges of vehicular homicide, among other charges.
When a drunk driver causes an accident that leads to injuries or fatalities, that driver will likely face both criminal and civil sanctions. If a drunk driver is convicted in criminal court for conduct related to the accident, that can be powerful evidence in any personal injury lawsuit that follows in civil court.
Accidents caused by drunk drivers oftentimes have tragic results. Victims can suffer life-altering injuries and New Jersey residents may lose family members in these accidents. For those who have been affected by a drunk driver’s reckless conduct, there may be legal options to pursue to attempt to recover financial compensation.