accidentCamden County, NJ- One young man was injured and his passenger was killed after an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike early Sunday morning.

Multiple reports state that the accident occurred just after 4 a.m. near Woodbridge in the southbound truck lanes. Carlos Aguirre, 24, was driving a Volkswagen Jetta when he slammed into the rear of a tractor–trailer.

Aguirre’s passenger Edgar Galvez, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene. His cause of death was blunt force trauma, according to NJ.com.

Aguirre was also injured and flown to a local hospital for treatment.

Police later discovered Aguirre was intoxicated at the time of the accident and have charged him with death by auto and driving while intoxicated, NJ.com reported.

The investigation is ongoing.

This accident is a glaring example of the devastation drunken driving can have, and sadly accidents like these play out every day in the U.S.  It one of the leading causes of fatal accidents throughout New Jersey and the nation as a whole accounting for a third of all traffic deaths.

Drunken drivers cause such destructive accidents because they tend to engage in risky driving behaviors that other drivers don’t. Alcohol gives people a false sense of confidence so they are willing to take risks with little regard of how their actions will affect others.

While drunken drivers who cause injury of death to others will face criminal consequences, this is a small consolation for the victims and their families who have to grapple with their grief and take on costly bills. The last thing a grieving family needs is the crushing burden of medical bills and funeral expenses.

Fortunately, the families of fatal accident victims have a course of action they can pursue to recoup their financial losses by filing a wrongful death suit.

A wrongful death suit is a civil suit, in which the plaintiff’s (the deceased’s family members) allege that their loved ones death was unnecessary and the cause of another person’s carelessness or negligence. Drunken driving definitely falls meets those standards of negligence and can be easily proved by an accident attorney.

Individuals filing a wrongful death can seek a damages for their emotional distress and compensation for the bills they incur. Surviving family members are often granted compensation pay their medical bills, funeral expenses, property repair or replacement costs and lost wage. Spouses and children are also eligible for their emotional distress, their loss of companionship and protection. Parents are allowed to seek compensation for their suffering caused by their child’s untimely death. If the deceased was the primary breadwinner in a family, their loved ones can also pursue that driver for their loss of financial support.

A wrongful death settlement can replace the loss a person experiences when they lose a loved one, but it can offer them some relief from the financial burdens they are shouldering. If you have lost a loved one because of a drunken or negligent driver, a Camden County accident attorney will build a fool-proof injury claim to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve.