In spite of wrong way and do not enter signs on access ramps to highways, drivers can still end up driving in the wrong direction on a highway in New Jersey. Particularly if alcohol is a contributing factor, a drunk driving accident can result. Such a crash occurred recently on Route 36 in Middletown.
A gentleman from Monmouth County was heading east on Route 36 when he was hit by an SUV traveling west. The accident happened shortly after midnight. The driver of the SUV was taken to a hospital and was treated and released. The driver of the vehicle that he hit was also taken to the hospital where he died about an hour after the crash.
Charges against the driver of the SUV include driving while intoxicated, having an open container in the car, misuse of a divided highway and reckless driving. There were no passengers in either vehicle. The accident is still under investigation.
When a person dies in a tragic accident such as this one, the person’s family’s and loved ones’ first thoughts will be to deal with their grief and loss. Thoughts of compensation for their loss may not be in the forefront of their minds. However, a consultation with an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney may be beneficial. No amount of compensation can bring the loved one back or make up for a drunk driver’s bad decision that led to the drunk driving accident. However, a successfully litigated claim may help with medical expenses, final costs and may also provide compensation for pain and suffering.