New York Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
Every year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration compiles and analyzes data about accidents on America’s roadways. In 2012 (the most recent year for which data is currently available), the statistics for crashes involving alcohol are staggering – 33,561 people nationwide were killed by drivers who were under the influence of alcohol. In fact, more than 10,300 of those victims were killed by legally drunk drivers – drivers whose blood alcohol content (BAC) was over the legal limit of 0.08 percent. In New York State, Suffolk County had the highest number of fatalities, followed by Nassau County, Queens County, and Kings County.
Based in Syosset with a second convenient location in Manhattan, the drunk driving accident attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers believe in helping our community. We’ve represented drunk driving accident victims throughout the NYC area, including Suffolk, Nassau, Queens, Kings, New York, Bronx, and Richmond Counties – and we’re ready to help you. Kaplan Lawyers PC offers an initial case evaluation for FREE, so call us in the City at (212) 563-1900 or on Long Island at (516) 399-2364. If you prefer, complete and submit our online inquiry form and we will quickly respond.
In New York State, drivers are considered to be driving while intoxicated (DWI) if they have a BAC of 0.08% or higher. The threshold is even lower for certain populations. Specifically, the limit is 0.02% for drivers under the age of 21 and 0.04% for drivers of commercial vehicles. DWI is a crime and can be punished through fines, jail time, and license revocation. Additionally, those hurt by drunk drivers can file civil claims seeking compensation for damages such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Car repairs
- Emotional distress
- Loss of opportunity to enjoy life
- Wrongful death
- Medical bills
- Loss of current and future income.
These claims are often paid by the intoxicated driver’s insurance company. However, if the driver acted with deliberate indifference to the safety of others, he or she may be sued for punitive damages, paid out of their own pocket. Furthermore, a claim may be pursued against the drinking establishment that provided the liquor to the driver. New York dram shop law states that it is illegal for businesses to serve alcohol to persons who are visibly intoxicated or to people “actually or apparently” under the age of 21.
Thus, drunk driving personal injury actions can involve many parties that may have overlapping claims and conflicts of interest. In order to protect your rights and get maximum compensation, you need the advice of a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. The Kaplan Lawyers team will aggressively pursue all avenues of possible recovery to help compensate you and your loved ones for the injuries and losses suffered as a consequence of a drunken driving accident. We understand that winning a lawsuit will not heal your physical injuries or bring back a loved one who may have died due to someone else’s negligence, but financial compensation can ease your mind and help allow you to focus on recovering from such a traumatic event.
Anyone involved in a vehicle accident with a drunk driver should call 911 immediately for medical attention and to file a police report. If you have suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, or Staten Island, you should then contact the New York City DWI accident attorneys at Kaplan Law as soon as possible. Prompt notification will allow us to more effectively investigate the accident scene, speak with witnesses while the accident is still fresh in their memory, and review your medical prognosis to pursue an accurate claim for damages. There are also timelines for when claims can be filed, so don’t delay. In our many decades of combined experience, we have dealt with virtually every type of personal injury case. We are committed to diligently representing your interests, working hard to see that justice is obtained for you and your family. You can reach us in the City at (212) 563-1900 or on Long Island at (516) 399-2364 or by filling out this form for a free assessment of your case.
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