Police arrested one of the two drivers involved in a suspected DUI accident in Glen Rock on August 25. The accident occurred shortly after 9:30 p.m. when 57-year-old Carlos L. Trejos was traveling north on Maple Avenue and collided with another vehicle at the intersection with Harristown Road. Trejo’s 29-year-old female passenger and the 23-year-old female driver of the vehicle he struck were both injured and brought to Valley Hospital in Ridgewood with non-life-threatening injuries.
Trejos was arrested and charged with DWI, reckless driving, careless driving, unsafe operation of a motor vehicle, failure to observe a traffic control device, following too closely, and having unsafe tires.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent would like to discuss liability for drunk driving accidents in New Jersey:
New Jersey, along with most other states, has dram shop and social host laws that may allow third parties to be held liable for providing alcohol to someone who causes an alcohol-related accident. This means that the victims of drunk drivers in New Jersey may have the option to file both a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver and a dram shop lawsuit against the alcohol vendor who served the driver.
In order to have grounds for a dram shop lawsuit in New Jersey, an alcohol vendor must have either:
If either of these conditions applies and that customer goes on to injure someone else in an alcohol-related accident that night (such as a drunk driving crash), then the alcohol vendor could be held liable for damages if the injured person decides to sue.
Additionally, New Jersey has social host laws that apply to hosts of parties or similar events. Injury victims may seek damages from a social host if that host provided alcohol to a guest who injured the victim, and:
If you’ve recently been hit by a drunk driver and are curious about seeking damages for your injuries, we advise discussing your case with an experienced DUI victims lawyer.