Our Lawyers Help You Seek Fair Compensation

New Jersey law considers anyone with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater to be driving under the influence (DUI). In most cases, drunk driving penalties involve a fine, a suspended license and even some jail time.

But when happens when an intoxicated driver causes an accident with injuries? The penalties under New Jersey's drunk driving laws increase dramatically and may include criminal charges. If you are injured in a New Jersey drunk driving accident, you deserve, and may be entitled to, compensation over and above the damages typically awarded in car accidents that do not involve an intoxicated driver.

At Smith & Gaynor, LLC, we understand the stakes involved with your injury and we are ready to provide personal and effective legal representation. We know how to fight for your future while at the same time always maintaining an open line of communication. The lawyer you hire is the lawyer you get, every step of the way. Contact us online or through our Morristown offices by phone at 973-532-2661 today to schedule a cost-free consultation.

What am I entitled to if I am injured by a drunk driver?

In most car accident injury cases, Smith & Gaynor, LLC, will work to get a settlement or verdict that covers your current and future medical expenses, as well as lost wages and property damage. These are called compensatory damages.

But in the case of an injury caused by a drunk driver, you may also be able to sue for punitive damages. That's because intoxicated drivers are considered to be more than negligent and irresponsible. Their decision to get behind the wheel when they are drunk shows wanton disregard for the safety of others. As the name implies, punitive damages are intended to punish the person for drunk driving in New Jersey.

When weighing whether to award punitive damages, the jury will take into account such factors as whether the defendant should have known that his or her behavior would cause harm. The harms that may be suffered in a drunk driving accident may range from bruises and soft-tissue damage to coma or tragically even death. Juries — and our attorneys — take all of this into account when representing you or someone you love who has been hurt when another person commits a DUI offense.

You cannot be awarded punitive damages unless you also have been awarded compensatory damages. Punitive damages are capped by law at $350,000 or five times the compensatory damage award, whichever is greater.

Contact a Morristown DUI Injury Lawyer Today

Robert A. Smith of Smith & Gaynor, LLC, is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. This means that he specializes in civil court cases, including accident and injury cases of any kind. It is an accolade given by the New Jersey Supreme Court to only 2% of the active lawyers in the state. His fellow lawyers have also accorded him the highest possible Martindale Hubbel rating of AV® Preeminent in recognition of his excellent legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards. Bob Smith prides himself on providing personal but professional legal counsel, and he believes open and honest communication with his clients is the key to building a long-lasting partnership based on trust.

To speak with Bob Smith, you can contact us online or call our Morristown offices today at 973-532-2661. Weekend and evening appointments are available, and we will be happy to come to your home or hospital, if necessary, to discuss your needs. All car accident injury cases are taken on contingency, so you do not pay us unless we win your case.

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