Car-nage on Hoboken’s streets

Drunk smashes cars in Hudson Street in Hoboken, NJ

Hoboken drunk driver smashes four parked cars on Hudson Street March 11 2012 - Car-nage on Hoboken's streets

Several Hoboken residents who parked their cars on Hudson Street between 8th and 9th woke up Sunday morning to a horrible surprise.

Witnesses recounted how shortly before midnight on Saturday, some reckless drunk driving a brand new silver Jeep-like SUV did a number on four parked cars in a row on the west side of the street near 824 Hudson, pushing two of the cars partially on to the sidewalk. Inspecting the damage trail, one found it very hard to imagine how such an incident took place – but luckily the driver was arrested on scene.

This is the reason why keeping your car in a private Hoboken parking garage is pretty much the best idea – regardless of how much it costs, and how far you have to walk.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012 9:35 am

Is that a parking ticket on the Subaru? It wouldn’t surprise me if this town ticketed him after he got sideswiped by a drunk. Might as well just boot him too.

Monday, March 12, 2012 7:51 pm

How does the law treat offenses like this and insurance coverage?

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012 1:42 pm

The driver’s punishment will be determined by whether this is a first or subsequent offense. If it’s a first offense, he or she will get little more than a fine and a suspended license for awhile. As the driver who hit the cars is 100% at fault, his or her insurance company will have to pay to fix every car that was damaged. The insurance companies of the people who owned the parked cars will not have to pay for the damage unless the driver was uninsured. If it turns out the driver was uninsured, the parked car owner’s insurance companies will pay to repair the damage and then can sue the driver to recover their losses.

Lastly, the drunk driver will also assuredly be dropped by his insurer and be placed in the high risk pool. This is where high risk drivers with DUIs or repeated bad accidents/tickets are placed and state law requires each insurance company to take some of them – albeit at horrendous premiums. That drunk driver has no idea how expensive those drinks he or she had are about to be for them going forward.[quote comment=”214568″]How does the law treat offenses like this and insurance coverage?[/quote]

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