Most New Jersey residents know that there is no shortage of information and news stories regarding the inherent dangers of being intoxicated while driving. The number of people who die in alcohol-related car accidents every year is staggering. A man died and three others suffered injuries in a recent car accident when a woman driving in the wrong direction on Interstate 80 collided with their vehicle.
The crash took place in the early morning hours of Dec. 27, according to New Jersey State Police's preliminary report. The driver, who police believe was intoxicated, was traveling in Hardwick Township in the wrong direction on the interstate. Another driver of another vehicle, occupied by four people, had no time to react before colliding head-on with the woman's car. According to authorities, the impact resulted in the death of a 25-year-old man who was a rear passenger of struck vehicle. He died immediately following the crash.
The driver and two remaining passengers of the second vehicle were taken to a local hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The woman driving the wrong way was flown via helicopter to a hospital with a possible leg injury. According to police, she has been charged with DUI. It is unclear if the charge was for either drugs or alcohol at this time.
If the prosecution for the state of New Jersey can prove that the driver was guilty of the charge of driving under the influence, the family of the deceased man may use the conviction for a wrongful death suit against the driver of the vehicle believed to have caused the car accident. The remaining injured parties may file personal injury claims for damages each of them may have sustained. Any financial restitution awarded in any civil claim may defray the financial burden placed on the deceased family and the injured parties.
Source: poconorecord.com, West End man dies in crash, Matthew Bultman, Dec. 28, 2013