A car accident is a stressful experience for everyone involved. Car accident injuries can vary from very minor to the most severe, and such accidents may even result in fatalities. If a car accident has been caused by negligence, such as driving under the influence, a distracted driver or driving while texting, those injured should educate themselves about compensation that might be available to them for expenses such as lost wages.
A New Jersey woman recently turned herself in to authorities after she had fled the scene of a Route 4 accident in Teaneck that left four people injured. Two of those injured had been travelling in the woman’s vehicle.
The accident occurred during the late evening of Nov. 11. Authorities were dispatched to the area of Route 4 East and Queen Anne Road. Upon arrival, they found a heavily damaged Honda Civic in the left eastbound lane, facing westbound, and a Chrysler minivan to the east of the Civic. Both vehicles had two injured passengers.
Witnesses stated that the driver of the Civic was last seen leaving the scene of the accident on foot, headed south on Queen Anne Road. Authorities attempted to track the driver with search dogs but could not locate her.
The two passengers in the Chrysler were taken to a local hospital, treated for minor injuries and released. The male passengers in the Honda were treated at another hospital and released.
Three hours after the accident was reported, a 22-year-old woman called authorities to turn herself in. She was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, four counts of assault with an auto, driving without proof of insurance and leaving the scene of an accident. She was released on her own recognizance.
Unfortunately, despite the many public campaigns against it, people in New Jersey continue to drive while intoxicated. What these individuals often fail to realize is that not only are they putting themselves in danger, but they are endangering the lives of every other person they pass on the road. People who are the victims of drunk driving car accidents should always have access to information to determine if seeking compensation for their pain, suffering and medical expenses is a viable option. An experienced personal injury attorney can help answer questions about filing a claim.
Source: NorthJersey.com, “Haskell woman charged with DWI in Teaneck,” Denisa R. Superville, Nov. 12, 2012