Cherry Hill Drunk and Drugged Truck Driver Accidents - NJ

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Cherry Hill Drunk and Drugged Truck Driver Lawyers

Tough representation from Cherry Hill drunk and drugged truck driver attorneys serving South Jersey

At Ferrara & Gable, our Cherry Hill truck accident lawyers represent anyone who is injured and the families of anyone who is killed by a drunk, drugged, or otherwise impaired driver. We work with the police to coordinate your civil case with any criminal charges that may be filed. We’re skilled at showing that a driver was intoxicated or that his/her driving was impaired by drugs when a crash on the New Jersey turnpike; I-295; Routes 38 41, and 154, or any other Cherry Hill road occurred. Truck accidents due to drunk or drugged driving are especially dangerous because the cargo can spill and create immediate traffic emergencies.

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How dangerous is impaired driving in Cherry Hill?

Every day, nearly 37 people die in America due to drunk driving accidents. In 2021, drunk driving caused 13,384 deaths nationwide.

According to the New Jersey State Police, driving while intoxicated or impaired by drugs was the leading cause of deadly traffic accidents in the state. In 2021, drunk or drugged driving deaths exceeded distracted driving deaths. Nearly 700 people died in 667 crashes on New Jersey roads in 2021 due to drunk or drugged driving.

Why is driving while drunk or impaired by drugs so dangerous?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that alcohol reduces the ability of the brain to function, impairs thinking, muscle coordination, and judgment. The effects on a driver’s central nervous system worsen as the driver drinks more. A driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level is usually measured by a breathalyzer or blood test.

The dangers of drunk driving by truck drivers are so clear, that unlike car drivers where driving under the influence (DUI) charges can be filed if a driver has a BAC of .08, the limit for commercial drivers is just .04 percent.  Low levels of BAC can also be deadly.

Some of the key danger markers for alcohol based on a driver’s BAC are as follows:

  • .02 BAC. Reduced visual functions and a reduced ability to multitask.
  • .05 BAC. Reductions in coordination, a decreased ability to track moving objects such as other vehicles, problems steering, and poor responses to traffic emergencies.
  • .08 BAC. Reductions in concentration, short-term memory, information processing ability, perception, and speed control.
  • .10 BAC. Reductions in the ability to stay in the same lane and to brake properly.
  • .15 BAC. Impaired ability to control the vehicle and impaired ability to process information visually and by hearing.

About 31 percent of all traffic deaths in America are due to drunk driving.

Drugged driving is also dangerous. This includes driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Truck drivers in Cherry Hill who use prescription drugs should know the effects of those drugs. For example, many prescription drugs cause fatigue. While marijuana may be legally used for medical purposes and personal use (subject to certain conditions), New Jersey’s new marijuana laws do not legalize driving under the influence of marijuana.

The NHTSA states that drugged driving is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated, saying “Cocaine and methamphetamine can make drivers more aggressive and reckless” and “Research shows that marijuana impairs motor skills, lane tracking and cognitive functions.”

Who is responsible for a drunk or drug-impaired accident in Cherry Hill?

At Ferrara & Gable, our Cherry Hill drunk and drug-impaired drivers hold every responsible party accountable for any truck accident that causes injuries or tragically takes the life of a loved one. The defendants may include:

  • The truck driver
  • The truck driver’s employers
  • Other trucking companies involved in a shipment if they failed to properly monitor the truck driver
  • A licensed seller of alcohol to someone who is visibly intoxicated or who the vendor should reasonably know is a minor, if the person later causes a truck accident due to their intoxication.

What damages can I claim if an intoxicated or drugged truck driver caused me harm?

Drunk and drugged driving truck accidents often cause catastrophic injuries because the victims have no way of knowing which way a drunk driver will travel and because the size, weight, and mass of trucks overpowers cars (even SUVs), motorcycle riders, pedestrians, and bicycle riders.

Some of the catastrophic injuries drunk or drugged driving can cause include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, traumatic amputation/loss of limb, internal bleeding, internal organ damage, broken bones, scarring and disfigurement, nerve damage, back and neck injuries, burn injuries, and many other types of serious physical and psychological harm.

Our Cherry Hill drunk and drugged truck accident lawyers seek compensation for your current and future:

  • Physical pain and emotional suffering
  • Medical bills, including emergency room care, hospitalizations, surgeries, physical therapy, occupational therapy, plastic surgery, assistive devices, medications, and all other medical care
  • Lost income and benefits, including compensation if you have a permanent disability
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Loss of bodily function

If a loved one tragically died due to a Cherry Hill driver whose driving was impaired, we will file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the family members. Wrongful death damages include:

  • The funeral and burial costs
  • The loss of financial income and support your loved one would have provided
  • The value of the guidance, care, and emotional support your loved one would have provided

We also normally seek punitive damages in drunk or drug-impaired accident cases because there’s no excuse for driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

We’ll explain which family members are entitled to benefits and what punitive damage caps may apply.

Do you have a Cherry Hill truck accident lawyer near me?

Ferrara & Gable meets clients and families at our office located at 601 Longwood Avenue in Cherry Hill, NJ. You can park nearby. The Rt. 38 bus also stops near our office. We schedule phone and video conferences for anyone who is too ill or injured to come to our office.

Our team will answer all your questions and guide you through the litigation process.

Cherry Hill truck accident lawyers handling impairment cases throughout South Jersey

At Ferrara & Gable, our Cherry Hill drunk or drugged truck driver accident lawyers have helped numerous accident victims and families obtain strong settlements and jury verdicts for our personal injury clients. When inexcusable conduct causes serious injuries or deaths, our lawyers are skilled at obtaining justice for our clients and holding these irresponsible drivers accountable. Call us or complete our contact form today to schedule a free consultation.