(Closed) NJ State Police blaming the victims in drunk driving crash.

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Post # 3
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have no advice, but how awful. I hope you can find some answers.

Post # 4
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

WOW that sucks. I don’t have any advice other than speak to the investigator and be nice but firm. Ask him WHY it was omitted the other driver was drunk etc.

I’m wondering who this drunk driver knows or is related to in the police force? I know many cops, sadly they try to protect their own. (THAT IS NOT A JAB AT ANY COPS BUT FROM MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE…SO NO NEED TO ATTACK OR FLY OFF THE HANDLE)

Post # 5
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Oh my god! I would be soooo livid if I were you, that’s absolute bullshit. I bet that drunk guy knows this cop and they’re covering it up for him. I would ask for a second opinion because clearly this cop is an idiot or a liar. Grrrr oh I am so angry for you, I can’t even imagine how you feel!!! 

Post # 6
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2000

@Bazinga:  sad but unfortunately true in some(but not all) cases.

Post # 7
1294 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Ugh blame needs to be put on this driver so that he doesn’t eventually kill someone!

Post # 8
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Sorry you have to deal with this, OP. NJ cops suck sometimes (depends on where you are, though)

Think it might be a good idea to speak with the officer’s supervisor if he’s not going to be helpful.

Also, you may want to see if you can file your own police report and include the description you wrote in your previous post.
Make sure that you include the other car who removed thigns from this guy’s car and pockets, then sped off.

Have you gotten in touch with the insurance company? They might be able to help (and an adjuster might be able to figure out the order of events in an accident better than a cop)

His job is to serve and protect, but protecting a guy who blows a .07 (and has a previous and severe traffic violation with the article you linked!) is ridiculous.

Post # 9
8595 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Get a lawyer.

Post # 10
2037 posts
Buzzing bee

@Bazinga:  +1 I was thinking this too!

@CorvusCorax:  OP at this point I wonder if talking to the investigating officer will help or make things worse?  If you keep a level head the entire time then perhaps…it is VERY important if you do this that you don’t make things worse because if this goes to court this conversation will be your words against a police officer.  You are also unable to record the conversation without his consent…and who knows if he will do that.  I’m wondering if perhaps you should talk to his boss or file a complaint.

My #1 question has to be about your (or your brother’s) ins company and their involvement.  They have lawyers on hand to help you with this, and many cases such as these need litigation to help prove innocence and determine fault. 

Trust me on this–If there is a CHANCE that the insurance company of the car your Darling Husband was driving is not at fault, they will be on your side and help you fight tooth and nail.  I your Darling Husband is found somewhat at fault for this, THE INSURANCE COMPANY HAS TO PAY the damages. As someone who works in the insurance industry, I can assure you that they will do whatever it takes to avoid paying 100% of the other parities damages, even more so if you are not at fault.

I just googled it and NJ is a no fault state (I’m in FL and I know we are no fault, not familiar with the NJ state torts), so at the very least I’m sure they will be going for that. 

I’m wondering if the insurance company knows about the .07 BAC as well?

Post # 12
3755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

In the other thread you said that you were already traveling on the highway when this guy hit you. In this one, you say that all they know is that your husband was trying to merge. What exactly was your husband doing at the time of the collision? What does the accident report say exactly as far as lane travel?

Post # 14
8446 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@CorvusCorax:  You can hire your own lawyer regardless of who’s policy it is, and I think it would help you greatly.

Post # 15
3755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@CorvusCorax: Sounds like he was trying to catch up to/pass his friends and probably tried to fly around you guys and your husband moved at just the wrong time, not seeing this idiot flying up behind him. But since the cop can’t prove he was speeding or driving erratically, your husband is at fault because of the point of impact and that he was changing lanes. That REALLY sucks. Especially because the guy was not charged with anything when he was obviously seriously impaired. I’d be curious to see the arrest report, if there even is one. I wonder if he knows someone. That really sucks. I’m sorry you are dealing with this. 

Post # 16
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@Westwood:  +1.  That driver was probably in the police force or related to someone that is….

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