Drunk Driving Car Accident Claims
Personal Injury Lawyers for Victims of South Jersey DUI Wrecks
Sadly, Atlantic City drunk driving accidents hurt and kill many residents every year. For those fortunate enough to survive, their lives may be forever changed. For those who do not survive, they leave behind families who now have to cope with their absence.
We understand that death or injury due to a drunk driving accident is a traumatic experience for all those involved. After one of our clients suffered serious personal injury in a head-on drunk driving accident because of an intoxicated driver traveling the wrong way on Brigantine Bridge, our car accident attorneys secured a $1 million injury settlement against the casino responsible for serving the drunk driver alcohol. Our Atlantic City car accident lawyers know what is takes to get victims and their families the compensation they deserve.
New Jersey Dram Shop Act and Drunk Driving Claims
While the drunk driver who caused the collision may ultimately be responsible for the accident, victims of drunk driving accidents are also protected under the New Jersey Dram Shop Act. The NJ Dram Shop Act allows drunk driving victims and their families to hold the casino, bar, restaurant or liquor store that over-served a visibly intoxicated or underage individual who caused the drunk driving accident liable. The drunk driver may also be entitled to file a lawsuit against the establishment that violated the Dram Shop Act for damages.
While the Dram Shop Act holds any company or person licensed to sell alcohol responsible for drunk driving accidents and injuries, the NJ Social Host Liability Statute holds hosts who knowingly provided alcohol to intoxicated guests who later caused drunk driving accidents responsible.
Damages and Timeline of Dram Shop Claims
Those involved in dram shop and social host claims are entitled to seek compensatory damages for expenses like medical bills and property damages. Victims may also be entitled to seek another form of recovery called punitive damages. Punitive damages are common in lawsuits where the party at fault acted with gross negligence to deter similar behavior in the future.
It is not uncommon for punitive damages to amount to millions of dollars in drunk driving accident lawsuits. For this reason, New Jersey law limits the amount of punitive damages to $350,000 or five times the compensatory damage award. However, punitive damages are not available in all personal injury claims. An accident attorney can guide you in understanding if your injury claim allows you to seek punitive damages from those responsible for the accident.
Similar to a personal injury lawsuit, a claim under the Dram Shop Act must be filed no later than two years after the date of the drunk driving accident injury. If you fail to bring legal action by this date, you may lose your right to gain injury compensation.
Attorneys in Atlantic City for Car, Truck, Pedestrian and Bus Drunk Driving Accidents
For over 40 years, the accident attorneys at our Atlantic City personal injury law firm have helped litigate cases where drunk drivers injured or killed innocent people. Named Best Law Firm, Targan & Pender, P.C. has successfully secured millions of dollars in compensation for victims of alcohol-related car accidents and families in wrongful death claims.
We utilize experienced legal assistants, medical consultants and accident investigators on every injury case we represent. Legal representation from one of our Atlantic City accident attorneys can provide you with the necessary tools and dedication to your claim that you need for a successful lawsuit. Call us today for your free attorney consultation with no obligation at (609) 348-1106.