There are many alternatives to drunk driving—these include public transportation, taxis and having a designated driver. In Atlantic City particularly, there are no excuses for drinking and driving, as many casinos and tourist destinations offer bus and shuttle services.
Sadly, even though there are alternatives, there are residents in New Jersey who decide to drink and drive. Last year, Mothers Against Drunk Driving reported that there were 146 drunk driving fatalities in the Garden State, representing about 26.9 percent of all traffic deaths in the state.
Remember, if you cause a fatal accident while you are drunk, you can face vehicular homicide charges in New Jersey, in addition to being held civilly liable.
As the case below allegedly shows, choosing to drink and drive can have disastrous consequences.
Police Dispatcher Charged in Fatal New Jersey DWI Accident
Tragically, a 29-year-old Galloway Township man was killed earlier this month in a pedestrian accident involving an alleged drunk driver. According to the Press of Atlantic City, Alfonso Dickerson was walking down Tilton Road when a Hyundai Sonata driven by Richard F. Doherty, 36, hit him.
According to the Press, Doherty, an Absecon police dispatcher, was charged with driving while intoxicated following the accident, which remains under investigation. Additional charges are pending.
Holding a Drunk Driver Liable
If a drunk driver kills your loved one, you could potentially hold him or her liable via a wrongful death lawsuit. Anyone who chooses to drink and drive should understand the consequences—this reckless decision can cost a person his or her life.
If a drunk driver has victimized your family, it may be in your best interest to speak to an attorney, who can investigate an accident and determine if carelessness played a role in the crash.
For more information about vehicle accidents, visit our verdicts and settlement page.
Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys