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The Real Cost of Drunk Driving Accidents in New Jersey

The Real Cost of Drunk Driving Accidents in New Jersey

It’s a harsh reality that we can no longer ignore—intoxicated driving, involving both alcohol and drugs, has become the leading cause of fatal traffic crashes in New Jersey. According to a startling annual State Police report released recently, 210 fatal crashes in 2021 were primarily caused by intoxication. These grim accidents claimed 228 lives, marking a staggering 30% increase from 2020. As residents of New Jersey grapple with these escalating numbers, the question remains: what is the real cost of these tragedies?

The Economic Toll: More Than Just Dollars and Cents

Spiraling Medical Expenses

Car accidents caused by intoxicated drivers not only result in devastating emotional trauma but also saddle victims and their families with sky-high medical bills. From immediate emergency care to long-term rehabilitative services, the financial burden can quickly become overwhelming.

Rising Insurance Rates

The ripple effect of a drunk driving accident also reaches your auto insurance. As these types of accidents increase, so does the cost of insurance for everyone. In the most unfortunate cases, victims can see their premiums skyrocket, further straining their finances.

Loss of Income and Productivity

The physical injuries sustained often force victims to take time off work. For many, this leads to a significant loss of income and productivity, putting additional stress on families that are already dealing with an immense emotional and financial toll.

Emotional and Psychological Consequences: The Silent Suffering

Long-lasting Trauma

The psychological scars left by a drunk driving accident can persist long after the physical wounds have healed. Victims often experience anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), affecting their quality of life and adding to the overall ‘real’ cost of the accident.

The Impact on Families

Families of victims also bear a significant emotional burden. In 2021 alone, New Jersey saw its highest number of fatal pedestrian crashes since 1989, with a total of 218. This alarming figure underscores the far-reaching impact of intoxicated driving on entire communities.

The Unseen Victims: A New Trend in Cannabis-related Crashes

For the first time, the annual analysis has separated the number of fatal crashes where cannabis was a contributing factor. The results are troubling. In New Jersey, 91 drivers, 13 passengers, 23 pedestrians, and two cyclists tested positive for cannabis after fatal crashes. These new findings add another layer to the ongoing debate about how best to address impaired driving in the state, especially as advocates for road safety explore various strategies to curb these incidents.

Taking the Next Steps: How Drazin & Warshaw Can Help You Navigate the Aftermath

In a state where intoxicated driving has overtaken distracted driving as the leading cause of fatal accidents, the real cost is becoming increasingly unbearable. The impact is not just financial; it’s a multi-faceted burden that affects every aspect of a victim’s life.

If you or someone you know has been affected by a drunk driving accident, it’s crucial to understand your legal rights and options. At Drazin & Warshaw, we specialize in helping victims navigate the complexities of the legal system to seek the justice and compensation they deserve. Reach out to us today for a comprehensive consultation on your unique case.

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