It is unfortunate that with all of the information regarding the dangers of drunk driving, deaths still occur in alcohol-related accidents. These accidents continue to affect thousands of lives each year. New Jersey residents can never quite be sure whether another driver has been drinking until after a car accident has happened.
For instance, a car accident that took place on Dec. 27 of last year is believed to have involved alcohol. The driver of the vehicle presumed responsible for the crash was traveling eastbound in Hardwick Township. Unfortunately, the 23-year-old woman suspected of driving under the influence was traveling in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 at the time. The woman slammed head-on into a car with four people on board. A 25-year-old rear passenger died in the impact.
The three survivors in that same vehicle suffered injuries because of the crash. The extent of their injuries or their current condition is not known at this time. The female driver recently turned herself in to New Jersey State Police. She was charged with vehicular homicide and three counts of assault by auto. The woman is being held on a $100,000 bail pending her trial.
Any evidence used by prosecutors and any conviction secured in connection with the crash in a New Jersey criminal court may be used by the family of the deceased passenger as evidence of negligence in a wrongful death claim against her. Any financial restitution awarded may help with the family's financial losses incurred in connection with the loss of their loved one. The surviving parties may file personal injury claims to help defray any damages such as out-of-pocket medical costs sustained due to this car accident.
Source: therepublic.com, Pa. woman charged with vehicular homicide, assault by auto counts in deadly NJ highway crash, No author, Jan. 22, 2014