South Hackensack, NJ – Mother and Son Injured by Drunk Driver on Rt 46

South Hackensack, NJ – Mother and Son Injured by Drunk Driver on Rt 46

South Hackensack, NJ (August 19, 2022) – A woman from Hasbrouck Heights and her teenage son were both injured when a car driven by an inebriated motorist from Teaneck crashed into theirs on Route 46 on Friday, August 19th. 

The 50-year-old woman and her 15-year-old son were stopped at a westbound stop light at Route 46 and Huyler Street in South Hackensack when a drunk driver rear-ended their 2020 Tesla at about 12:00 a.m. 

The driver of the striking 2008 Volkswagen Passat, 29-year-old Dayana Perez-Kazimierczak, formerly of Glen Rock, was under the influence. 

All three were transported to Hackensack University Medical Center in non-critical condition. 

Perez-Kazimierczak was issued summonses for reckless driving, DWI, failing to maintain a lane or observe a traffic control device, unsafe operation, and not having insurance, he said.

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

Drunk Driving Damages in New Jersey

South Hackensack, NJ - Mother and Son Injured by Drunk Driver on Rt 46

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. 

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.

Punitive damages are obtainable in New Jersey only when the negligent party behaved with willful and deliberate indifference to the safety of others.

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.

Personal injury lawsuits against drunk drivers are subject to numerous limitations, and winning your lawsuit is only the halfway point of your fight. 

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.