Drinking and driving are not a healthy combination. This is common knowledge, but even with the plethora of options available for alternative transportation via cellphone apps, people still choose to drink and drive. That decision can have tragic ramifications and result in a drunk driving accident in New Jersey.
Such an accident occurred on a recent morning near New Brunswick. A man was doing his job, working for an independent recycling company, when he was struck by a 2011 Jeep Wrangler. The woman driving the Jeep pleaded guilty to being drunk at the time of the crash.
The accident occurred Pulawski Avenue in South River. The man who was hit was taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick where he later died from his injuries. The woman pleaded guilty to second degree vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated. The woman was sentenced to six years and will have to serve 85 percent of that term, according to New Jersey's No Early Release Act. Following her release, her license will be suspended for five years.
Car accidents do happen in New Jersey, but a drunk driving accident is so tragic because it is preventable. A family who is grieving the loss of a loved one at the hands of a drunk driver may want to speak with a personal injury attorney regarding the possibility of filing a wrongful death suit. While nothing can bring the loved one back, a successfully litigated claim can provide compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, and pain and suffering.