Morris, NJ – DUI Crash Leaves Passenger Critically Injured on Spring Valley RdNY/NJ Legal News
Morris, NJ (June 13, 2022) – A collision on Thursday, June 9th left a male passenger with a severed carotid artery in Morristown.
The victim was taken to Morristown Medical Center after police came upon the driver standing outside of his car in the area of Pine Street and South Street.
According to sources, 21-year-old Ryan Doherty, a resident of Chatham, continued driving after he crashed his vehicle into a PVC pipe fence in the 50th block of Spring Valley Road, lacerating his friend’s neck.
When officers encountered Doherty at about 10:30 p.m., he was covered in blood and clearly distraught.
In his stocking feet, with his fly down and no shirt to be spoken of, Doherty swayed from side to side while repeatedly inquiring about his friend’s status.
An officer on the scene said that Doherty had a significant amount of blood on his right arm, and bloody smears across his shorts, stomach, and chest.
Uncontrollably cycling between antagonistic behavior, crying, pleading, and name-calling, Doherty kept attempting to stand in spite of having been told to remain seated.
Even though, according to police, Doherty clearly reeked of alcohol, his presumed extreme degree of intoxication combined with his erratic behavior was enough to convince officers that conducting a standard field sobriety test would be unsafe.
Instead, Doherty was arrested for drunk driving and transported to Morristown Medical Center for a blood alcohol test and a medical evaluation.
A police complaint shows that the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Doherty with assault by auto and leaving the scene of an accident, both third-degree offenses.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Suing a Drunk Driver For Damages in New Jersey
Personal injury lawsuits against drunk drivers are subject to numerous limitations. Similar to any other accident where Personal Injury Protection benefits come into play, a victim may only sue a drunk driver for non-economic losses, those arising from subjective, non-monetary damages, if they sustained a permanent injury such as dismemberment, disfigurement, death, or the function of or loss of a body part.
The permanent injury condition that applies to non-economic damages still applies in cases involving drunk drivers.
Winning your lawsuit is only the halfway point of your fight. Unfortunately, a court-ordered judgment is only helpful if the defendant is able to pay. More often than not, however, the driver is unable to pay the damages on their own so, once again, it becomes a matter of insurance.
The law divides damages into two categories: compensatory, which are intended to compensate the victim, and punitive, which are intended to serve as a punishment for the defendant and a warning to others.
Punitive damages are obtainable in New Jersey only when the negligent party behaved with willful and deliberate indifference to the safety of others.
If you were hit by a driver under the influence, contact our car accident lawyers in New Jersey at (800) 469-6476 to see how we can help you.
Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post.
Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.