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Driver claims stress caused drunk driving accident

A West New York woman has been charged with DWI after being involved in a three car accident in Jersey City last month. After the crash, the accused drunk driver told police that she was stressed out over being evicted. She also said that she had consumed only one beer and reportedly refused to submit to a blood alcohol test.

The car accident occurred just before 1:00 PM and involved three cars. According to a witness, the car driven by the woman was traveling at a high rate of speed before it went over a curb, scraped a building, crashed into a minivan, and collided with a jitney bus. 

According to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, a driver with a BAC of 0.08 percent or greater who operates a motor vehicle or a boat is considered to be driving under the influence (DUI). Though many people perceive drunk drivers as those who stay out all night drinking excessively, consuming a single beer could easily put some drivers over the legal limit. However, it is up to all drivers to know their personal limits and drive responsibly.

With multi-car accidents, several accident victims may have claims against the drunk driver even without a positive blood alcohol test on file or a DWI conviction. While alcohol complicates the situation and could have contributed to the accident, the fact remains that a multi-car collision occurred. Each accident victim deserves to find out exactly what happened, who's to blame, and how to get compensated for their injuries.

Source: The Jersey Journal, "West New York woman charged with DWI in Jersey City three-vehicle wreck,"Anthony J. Machcinski, June 27, 2013

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