According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), every single day 29 people in the U.S. die in drunk driving accidents. Therefore, it is not surprising if you know of someone who has been injured or killed by a drunk driver. We all hear or read about such senseless tragedies on a daily basis. If you or a member of your family has suffered serious injury in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you are in need of legal as well as medical intervention lest the exorbitant costs of medical treatment and the enormous amount of lost income don’t swamp your family in debt during this awful time.
At Nagel Rice LLP, our prominent personal injury attorneys have successfully served victims of drunk driving accidents throughout New Jersey for more than 30 years. Each member of our team has exceptional credentials and a well-earned reputation for compassion and respectful treatment. From our offices in Roseland, NJ and Manhattan, we fight vigorously to bring justice to our deserving clients and over three decades have won them over $1 billion in damages. Once we take your case, we will work equally hard on your behalf.
If you are recovering from a drunk driving accident, you likely feel overwhelmed. This is precisely where our talented, well-trained attorneys can help. We have the know-how and energy to fight your battle while you focus on recovery. Nagel Rice is known for trying cases and producing results — and we will charge you no attorneys’ fees until we recover damages.
The Steps We Take To Win Your Case
Because we have in-depth knowledge of DWI law and sharp negotiation and litigation skills, we are able to provide you with excellent legal representation. We know how to present your case most persuasively at trial to give you the best chance of winning the maximum compensation you deserve. In order to begin making up for all you have been through (and continue to go through), whether you are personally incapacitated or grieving the loss of a loved one, our team will:
- Examine police reports, including tests for blood and urine alcohol content
- Gather all available evidence from the site of the accident
- Scrutinize medical data pertaining to your injuries
- Interview witnesses
- Consult with relevant experts (e.g. mechanics, medical specialists)
- Work out a cohesive strategy to use in the courtroom
You should be aware that when we consult with experts we do so not only to obtain more specific factual information, but with an eye toward using them as expert witnesses to help prove our case at trial.
Drunk driving is a crime — does the driver have to be convicted for me to win damages?
No. Although drunk driving is a crime and the driver of the other vehicle may have been arrested at the scene of the accident, whether or not this individual was arrested or found guilty does not affect your ability to sue for damages. In a civil lawsuit, the burden of proof is lower than for a criminal conviction. We do not have to prove the other party responsible for your injuries “beyond a reasonable doubt,” but only as a result of a “preponderance of evidence.”
Nagel Rice Will Fight To Win You Just Compensation
The law recognizes that your severe injuries have cost you more than money and that the trauma — physical and emotional as well as financial — impacts your family, too. Our talented drunk driving accident attorneys will work hard to win you:
- Economic damages which will serve as reimbursements for actual expenses, including medical costs, property damage, lost income (present and future), rehabilitation, long-term nursing or home care
- Non-economic damages which are intended to compensate you for intangibles, such as physical pain, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, permanent scarring, ongoing disability, or loss of consortium
In some cases, Nagel Rice drunk driving accident attorneys may also be able to win you punitive damages, meaning money over and above economic and non-economic damages. Punitive damages are awarded only in cases in which the drunk driver is deemed by the court to be extraordinarily reckless or malicious. They are designed both to punish the egregious behavior of the drunk driver and to prevent other motorists from engaging in similar misconduct.
When the Ultimate Drunk Driving Tragedy Occurs
If you and your family have endured the horror of losing a loved one due to the actions of a drunk driver, Nagel Rice is here to bring you some measure of justice. We will fight aggressively to see to it that you win compensation for final medical expenses, funeral costs, lost wages your loved one would have provided if she or he had not died in the accident. We will also seek recompense for your loss of companionship and guidance.
Contact Our New Jersey Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
We all wish we could end the scourge of drunk driving, but for now we have to live in a world in which the thoughtlessness or recklessness of other drivers puts us at their mercy. If you have sustained major injuries in a drunk driving accident in New Jersey, you owe it to yourself and your family to engage the services of the law team at Nagel Rice. Once you contact us we will take over the burden of all insurance and legal matters so that you can concentrate on healing and restarting your life.