Drunk driving is a serious issue in New Jersey. Drunk drivers not only put their own lives at stake, but they also pose a threat to every other driver on the road. When a person is injured or killed due to a drunk driver, they may be able to hold that driver liable for the injuries they suffered.
Recently, New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the team's doctor and against a New York hospital, claiming that they did not properly diagnose a left hip injury, causing him to have to undergo surgery. The medical malpractice suit further alleges that as a result of the misdiagnosis, Rodriguez was cleared to play, causing him to make the injury even worse. The lawsuit comes after a public feud between Rodriguez and the New York Yankees regarding alleged injuries he received during the season.
State laws are implemented to protect the general public, while also defining the process offenders will go through. Changes in policies could mean harsher penalties, especially in New Jersey where they are considering the laws surrounding drunk driving and the resulting criminal and civil liabilities.
Three Jersey City women and an unborn child were recently killed in a car crash in Jersey City, New Jersey, when a van went off the road and crashed into the side of the home. The auto accident victims include a 62-year-old woman, a 36-year-old woman and her unborn baby, and an 11-year-old girl. Six other passengers were injured in the car crash. The younger woman was five months pregnant at the time of the crash. The driver, a 37-year-old man, was the stepfather of the young girl killed, and he admitted to being intoxicated at the time of the crash. The driver has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and assault by auto.
A car accident in Maplewood, New Jersey has claimed the lives of two young men, and has the driver, a 20-year-old son of a local fire chief, charged with vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol. The auto accident allegedly occurred when the driver was drinking and speeding when he failed to observe a stop sign and broadsided another car.
Recently, a two-car accident near the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City, New Jersey, sent seven people to the hospital with injuries. The car accident occurred when a Lexus SUV collided with a Honda Sedan, injuring seven people. All seven were in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. The incident is still under police investigation.
Recently, the New Jersey state Senate took a tough stance against drunk driving accidents, voting to require that ignition interlock devices be installed in the vehicles of first-time drunk drivers. The bill replaces the total suspension of a driver's license with a penalty of requiring the ignition interlock device to be installed in their car for a period of three to twelve months. The bill is an effort to combat the prevalence of drunk driving accidents, and there is data available to back up the assertion that these devices prevent DUI accidents and save lives.
A 56-year old Washington Township, New Jersey, man was recently sentenced to 270 days in jail for causing a DUI accident that left the victim with severe injuries and a permanent disability. The car accident occurred when the man failed to yield to an oncoming motorcycle being driven by the victim while trying to turn left into a motel parking lot. The motorcycle drove right into the side of the man's pickup truck, causing the victim to suffer broken bones and hemorrhaging of the brain. The victim suffered permanent injuries as a result of the accident and now walks with a limp and a cane. Toxicology results showed that at the time of the accident, the man's blood alcohol content was over three times the legal limit for drivers. The man pled guilty to third-degree assault by auto and drunken driving, and in addition to receiving a jail sentence, had his driver's license suspended for two years, was placed on probation for five years and must pay restitution to the victim for his medical expenses.
A bill recently proposed in the New Jersey state legislature would extend the eligibility of widows and widowers of emergency workers to continue to receive workers' compensation benefits even if they re-marry. The bill has caused controversy, however, as many municipalities claim that it would increase expenses for workers' compensation benefits and, therefore, would be fiscally unsound.
Recently, a suspected hit-and-run accident on Route 78 eastbound near Union, New Jersey, sent a 55-year-old Pennsylvania woman to the hospital. According to the victim, the car accident occurred when a cream-colored four-door car hit hers in the left lane of the highway. The woman's car hit a guard rail as a result of the collision, and sustained damage to both its front and rear end. The car was towed after the accident. The woman complained of neck pain and was taken to the hospital. The accident caused minor traffic delays on the highway. The driver responsible for the accident has not been identified, and the case remains under investigation.