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DUI Conviction May Help Personal Injury Claim


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10/14/2010
Daniel J. O'Brien
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If you have been injured in a car accident in which the other motorist was driving under the influence (DUI) in New Jersey, their DUI conviction might help your personal injury claim.

In a civil lawsuit, which you would file to seek compensation for your injuries and other losses, it must be proven that the defendant who caused your accident was more than likely at fault. One step toward proving that the motorist was driving under the influence is a measurement of their blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

This can be done with a Breathalyzer test, which is scientific, unlike some field sobriety tests. A breathalyzer works by measuring the BAC in the air from the lungs, which is directly related to the alcohol concentration in the blood.

If the defendant's BAC is found 0.08% or higher after they caused your car accident, they would be arrested for a New Jersey DUI. If they refuse the Breathalyzer, they could be arrested any way and transported to a hospital, where, under New Jersey DUI laws, the hospital staff would have the authority to test their blood.

The defendant's DUI conviction would only add validity to your New Jersey personal injury claim, in which you can seek damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other considerations. A New Jersey personal injury lawyer can explain your legal options for filing a claim after being injured in a New Jersey DUI accident. 

Help After a New Jersey Personal Injury Accident

If you have been severely injured in a New Jew Jersey DUI accident, you shouldn't have to suffer and pay for expensive medical bills that were caused by another person's negligence. Contact a New Jersey injury lawyer at White & Williams LLP today. We will provide a free, no obligation consultation on your case. 1-877-944-8396



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