Paterson Times revealed that on August 9th around 10 p.m., Asante Cugliari was allegedly drunk driving at the intersection of 9th Ave and East 26th St in Paterson, NJ.
Cugliari dropped his friend off and then sped off at 63 mph down a residential street. Cugliari crashed into another vehicle and killed the man driving it.
Cugliari was later charged with second-degree death by auto and third-degree strict liability vehicular homicide.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent helps victims injured by drunk drivers receive the financial compensation they need and deserve. Here is Brian with some thoughts on the legal rights of these victims in New Jersey:
In all 50 states, victims injured by drunk drivers or family members of victims killed by drunk drivers may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. However, there may be another legal option available to these victims.
In many states, including New Jersey, there are dram shop laws that may allow drunk driving crash victims to sue the alcohol vendor who sold the driver alcohol before the crash.
In New Jersey, the dram shop law says that an alcohol vendor may be held liable for injuries caused by a customer if they sell alcohol: