Readers in Burlington County know that drinking and driving can lead to serious ramifications, including not only financial penalties but also time behind bars for the offender. And too often drunk driving leads to car accidents in which victims are injured through no fault of their own. Unfortunately, two such local accidents occurred recently in New Jersey.

The first accident happened early on Dec. 17 in Deptford. A 21-year-old man was charged with DWI and assault by auto after he lost control of his vehicle, causing it to strike a curb and overturn. The young man was accompanied by two passengers, and all were taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden. The extent of their injuries was unavailable at the time of a local news report.

The second accident took place on Dec. 19 at about 6:45 a.m. on Route 70 near Whitman Avenue in Cherry Hill. Police were alerted to the alleged reckless driving of a 38-year-old motorist, and an officer was waiting for the driver when the man crashed into the rear end of the police cruiser. The officer was injured in the crash and had to be treated at an area hospital. The 38-year-old driver was charged with DWI and other traffic offenses.

In both cases, the victims would appear to have a strong basis for seeking compensatory damages against the at-fault drivers. When victims of a motor vehicle accident are injured through no fault of their own and as the result of the negligent or willful conduct of another, those victims, by law, have a right to compensation for their injuries. To collect this compensation, injured individuals may wish to file a personal injury claim in a civil court. Likewise, Burlington County residents injured in a car accident may also wish to consult with an attorney who is familiar with New Jersey personal injury law and who can help with navigating the court process.

Source: phillyburbs.com, “Two face DWI charges,” Dec. 20, 2011