Driving while intoxicated can cause devastating accidents. Although most Bergen area residents are aware of this, impaired driving remains one of the most common crimes committed nationally. A 52-year-old man from Freehold, New Jersey, is facing charges for reckless driving, driving while intoxicated, and assault by auto after a multiple car crash that sent three people to the hospital.
The afternoon accident occurred on Route 34 and Spring Street in Wall Township. The allegedly drunk driver collided with another vehicle while in the northbound lane. The vehicle that was hit went off the road and crashed into a utility pole. The collision split the pole at the base and the car turned onto its side. The two passengers were sent to the Jersey Shore Medical Center.
The intoxicated driver’s car turned over and stopped in the middle of Route 34. The drunk driver was taken to the same hospital. The victims and the drunk driver received treatment for minor injuries and were released later. The accident also involved a third car, which was parked and unoccupied at the time of the accident.
In addition to the driver’s charges, police also charged him with another accident that occurred earlier. The same driver also fled the scene of an accident and failed to report that accident.
In 2011, 586 fatal crashes claimed the lives of 627 people in New Jersey. Of this number, 31.1 percent involved alcohol as a risk factor. A drunk driving accident can cause serious physical injuries and emotional trauma. Cases like this can prompt significant medical bills that can affect the victim’s finances.
In order to ease financial difficulties, the victim of a car accident may consider going after the responsible party in a personal injury lawsuit. It may be wise to consult a lawyer who can help the accident victim to obtain compensation.
Source: Asbury Park Press, “Freehold man charged with DWI in Wall crash,” Brett Bodner, June 23, 2013