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New Jersey woman seriously injured in a car accident sues bar

Car accidents that result in injury or death can be life altering to those involved and their families. For one New Jersey woman, being hit by a drunk driver drastically changed the course of her life. The car accident occurred at the end of summer, left her with serious injuries and resulted in her living in an assisted living center.

An apparently drunk driver, a 26-year old female, was evidently over served at a bar in Point Pleasant Beach. Upon leaving the bar, she reportedly stole a car from the bar's parking lot. A short distance later, she ran head on into the victim's car. The driver was killed in the collision. The medical examiner reported that her blood alcohol level was above the legal limit.

The victim is pursuing a claim against the drivers' estate, seeking compensatory and punitive damages. She has also filed civil litigation against the bar, claiming negligence relating to causation of the accident. The claim against the bar asserts that a failure to regard the state of their patron in turn caused unnecessary risk to the public.

The physical, emotional and financial trauma that results after a devastating car accident leaves those involved and their families looking for help. For the 55-year-old victim, now having to live in and pay for an assisted living center can be a financial hardship she wasn't prepared to take on, as well as emotionally taxing. While a successful litigation may result in financial relief from the driver's estate, the victim may also be entitled to monetary damages from the bar the allegedly drunk driver was a patron of. If negligence is substantiated and liability is established to the satisfaction of a New Jersey civil court, she could be awarded monetary relief to help with medical expenses, loss of wages and pain and suffering.

Source: CBS New York, Woman Who Suffered Severe Injuries In Drunk-Driving Crash Sues Bar For Negligence, No author, Nov. 8, 2013

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