Paterson, NJ – Drunk Driver Damages 16 Vehicles, Injures Six People Between Straight St and Madison Ave

Paterson, NJ – Drunk Driver Damages 16 Vehicles, Injures Six People Between Straight St and Madison Ave

Paterson, NJ (August 23, 2022) – One man on an alcohol-induced joyride ended in an arrest after he left a path of injuries and demolition along several blocks in Paterson on Saturday, August 20th at about 10:00 p.m. 

Police said the driver who caused the mayhem damaged 16 vehicles and is facing DWI charges, with additional charges pending. 

From Madison Avenue to Straight Street, the man’s pick-up truck was witnessed crashing into parked car after parked car, hitting and injuring six pedestrians along the way.

A video showed the drunk driver repeatedly destroying property as the pick-up truck sideswiped some vehicles and unreservedly slammed into others.

A total of six people, all pedestrians, were injured during the melee. All are expected to recover. 

Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.

Injuries Caused by Drunk Drivers in New Jersey

Paterson, NJ - Drunk Driver Damages 16 Vehicles, Injures Six People Between Straight St and Madison Ave

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. 

The permanent injury condition that applies to non-economic damages still applies in cases involving drunk drivers.

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.

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.

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 a car accident lawyer from Metro Law by calling (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.