South Brunswick, NJ- A Princeton man was killed and his wife was seriously injured over the weekend when they were rear-ended by a tractor-trailer in South Brunswick. Now the driver of the large truck is being charged with DWI and death by auto, according to the Star Ledger.
The accident occurred late Friday night as the couple, identified as Charles and Pamela Inman, was traveling along Route 1 around 10:30 p.m. when a Mack truck driven by a Pennsylvania man struck them from behind. The Star-Ledger reported that the Inman’s vehicle was pushed into a BMW that was in front them.
Charles Inman, 67, who was driving, was pronounced dead on the scene. His wife Pamela was a passenger in the car was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.
The driver of the BMW sustained minor injuries.
The truck driver was not injured, but he was charged with death by auto, aggravated assault, driving under the influence, reckless driving and failure to observe a red traffic signal.
Charles Inman worked with local charities and over the past 11 years has helped raised $650,000 to feed the hungry according to the Star Ledger.
Driving under the influence is not as common for commercial truck drivers as it is for passenger vehicle motorists, but as this accident shows, it can have deadly consequences.
Truck drivers who charged with DUI are subject to criminal penalties, as well as putting their livelihoods in jeopardy. Federal law states that commercial drivers can be charged with a DWI/DUI if there blood alcohol content is .04 or above. Drivers convicted of DUI will have their commercial driver’s license suspended, either temporarily or permanently.
People who have injured in truck accident or lost a loved one caused by an intoxicated truck driver can retain a truck accident attorney to help them seek compensation. The majority of Baltimore personal injury attorneys can help an accident victim with a claim against an intoxicated driver, but truck accidents are very different than passenger vehicle accidents.
A truck accident attorney has all the skills and knowledge necessary to build a strong personal injury or wrongful death claim. Truck accident attorneys know how to conduct a broad investigation and will utilize trucking logs, the driver’s history and previous safety violations to build a solid injury claim so the victim or victims can maximize the compensation they receive.
In some truck accidents, more than one party may be responsible for the resulting accident—that doesn’t appear to be the case in this accident. Your truck accident attorney will determine which parties are accountable for the accident and who must compensate the victims.
As an accident victim you want to make certain that you receive a settlement that covers your current and future medical expenses, along with loss of income and property damages. A truck accident attorney will work to make certain any settlement you obtain accurately reflects the severity of your injuries. Never accept a settlement without talking to an attorney first; they won’t allow you accept less than you deserve.