Drunk Driving Accidents

Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren County Drunk Driving Accident Attorney

Hunterdon Lawyer For Drunk Driver Crashes

More than 25 percent of fatal car accidents in New Jersey involve at least one drunk driver. Most of those accidents would not have happened if the drunk driver had just called a cab. Whether you lost a loved one in a fatal drunk driving accident or you were seriously injured by a drunk driver, turn to an attorney who is passionate about holding drunk drivers accountable for their actions.

Turn to Flemington drunk driving accident lawyer Anthony J. Murgatroyd and the staff at our law office. Our legal team has more than 20 years of experience. In addition to our attorney, we have on staff a former Director of Rehabilitation from a major New Jersey Hospital. Our legal and medical backgrounds allow us to focus on recovering compensation for people with serious injuries. Anthony Murgatroyd is a well-respected New Jersey trial attorney who has recovered millions of dollars for his clients. He is also a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney, certified by both the Supreme Court of New Jersey and the National Board of Trial Advocacy — fewer than one percent of all attorneys are board certified.

Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

Punitive Damages in Drunk Driving Cases

Drunk driving personal injury cases are very different from other car accident cases. First, there may be a criminal case against the drunk driver at the same time as the personal injury case. While both cases concern the same accident, they involve separate hearings in separate courts — criminal and civil. The criminal hearing may punish the drunk driver, but that punishment will not reimburse you for the injuries you have suffered. Only by filing a personal injury case can you recover financial compensation.

Second, unlike other auto accident cases, the judge or jury may choose to award punitive damages against the drunk driver. This means that you may receive compensation in addition to compensation for your physical, financial, and emotional injuries. Where warranted, our Flemington drunk driving accident lawyer and staff will go the extra mile to advocate for punitive damages in your case.

Who Is Liable for Your Injuries?

Drunk driving cases are also unique because there are multiple parties that may be liable:

  • The drunk driver
  • Any person who permitted a drunk person to operate his or her vehicle
  • Any passenger who knew that the driver was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Any liquor-serving establishment that continued to serve liquor to the drunk driver after noticing that he or she was visibly intoxicated (this is called "dram shop liability")

We will investigate your New Jersey drunk driving accident to determine who is liable and build a strong case against them.

Were You Injured While Driving Under the Influence?

In New Jersey, if you were driving drunk when your injury occurred, you may not be able to bring a claim or recover compensation for your injuries against the other driver. Even if you were sitting at a red light and another driver rear-ended you, the law may prevent you from bringing a claim against that other driver. Similarly, if you knowingly got into a car with someone who was driving drunk, you may be prevented from bringing a case to receive compensation for your injuries from the accident.

Contact Our Law Firm

Were you or a loved one hit by a drunk driver? To speak with a respected and experienced drunk driving accident lawyer in Flemington, New Jersey, contact the Murgatroyd Law Group. We offer a free initial consultation and can travel to you if your injuries prevent you from visiting our office.