Car accidents are not uncommon in New York City. With all types of motorists and conditions on the road, accidents happen frequently. Some accidents are due to human error, unfortunate occurrences such as a tire blowout, bad weather, or even negligent actions like speeding and reckless driving.
While some accidents are beyond our control, those caused by negligence, like driving while intoxicated, can be prevented.
Accidents caused by drunk driving can be avoided as long as drivers stay sober while on the road. Car accidents can be damaging for anyone involved, and they can be even more devastating when caused by a drunk driver. If you were a victim of such an event, whether you were injured or lost property, you may be entitled to compensation.
Drunk motorists that cause harm to others are handled by the criminal justice system. However, license suspension, community service, fines, and jail time don’t really help injured victims. This is where our reputable personal injury law firm comes into the picture. Kaplan Lawyers PC is dedicated to helping victims of drunk driving accidents seek justice and get maximum compensation. You should never have to suffer due to another party’s negligence.
Why Choose Kaplan Lawyers PC?
Our determination to help the community when it comes to legal matters has been at the core of our services. Our legal team has practiced personal injury law for almost 20 years in Syosset, New York. We know all the ins and outs of DUI and DWI laws in NYC and have the resources needed to represent our clients, regardless of how complex a case may be.
We have won millions of dollars for our clients, ensuring justice is served.
Car accidents can leave you in physical, mental, and emotional pain, making you unable to fight for your rights. Kaplan Lawyers PC will do all the heavy lifting, which includes the following:
- Determining the party at fault
- Thoroughly investigating your case
- Figuring out how much you deserve as compensation
- Dealing with insurance companies, other lawyers, or any other party involved in your DUI case
- Dealing with all day-to-day elements of your drunk driving claim
- Consulting expert witnesses to build a solid case
- Preparing your case for presentation in court, if need be
- Using our resources to make a solid personal injury case.
Contact us today by calling (516) 399-2364 to learn more about your legal options.
What Are the Drunk Driving Statistics in New York City?
According to the New York State Police, driving while drunk causes over 17,000 deaths per year, which is extremely alarming. For a better perspective, this is about one death every 30 minutes.
The agency also states that over 30% of fatal crashes are due to drunk driving.
In New York, a driver is considered impaired if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is over 0.05% and drunk if it’s over 0.08%.
What Damages Can You Recover from a Drunk Driving Accident in NYC?
In the state of New York, the law allows you to recover the following types of damages as long as you can prove negligence:
These refer to monetary losses incurred from a drunk driving accident, including:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses resulting from the accident
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Damage to your vehicle or any other property.
You can also be compensated for damages that are subjective in nature. These damages can include emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, loss of enjoyment of life, scarring, disfigurement, and even wrongful death.
Even though it doesn’t happen often in personal injury cases, punitive damages can be awarded if the at-fault person was extremely careless or reckless. They are designed to punish liable motorists and deter others from drinking and driving.
What Should You Do After a Drunk Driving Accident?
To increase the chances of a successful claim, here’s what our NYC drunk driving attorneys recommend:
Call the Police
The New York Police Department will help keep everything in order and help determine who is at fault. They will also create an accident report and dispatch emergency services to your location.
Record the Scene
If you have a phone or camera on you, take pictures and videos of the incident. This will come in handy when proving your claim.
Make sure you exchange relevant information with other motorists, like contact information and insurance details. If they refuse, wait for the police to do it on your behalf.
Seek Medical Attention
Even if you sustain minor injuries, it is important to visit a doctor as soon as possible. Some injuries, especially internal ones, don’t show up right away and can be life-threatening if they aren’t taken care of. In addition, the doctor will write a report that shows you were injured in the accident.
Call an NYC Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
Drunk drivers will often try anything to dodge their mistakes. As such, it is important to have the best representation so that you do not suffer from the accident. Kaplan Lawyers PC is always ready to help you protect your rights and interests.
Call us for a free initial consultation: (516) 399-2364.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer for a Drunk Driving Claim?
In New York City, you have a time limit of 3 years to make a drunk driving accident claim. This is referred to as the “statute of limitations.”
If it is due to wrongful death, it must be done within 2 years from the date of death.
If you’re making a claim against a government body, the deadline is even shorter and depends on the type of case. This is one of the reasons you need proper legal representation. In addition, you might not be in the right physical or mental condition to handle a complex case. We handle all legal aspects to ensure that you get maximum compensation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Drunk Driving in New York
There’s nothing more difficult than being in the dark about your own future. We want to make sure that you have as much information as possible right now. Here are a few answers to the most commonly asked questions:
Is the drunk driver 100% at fault?
New York laws follow the pure comparative negligence rule which states that an injured party will receive compensation for their injuries in proportion to their percentage of contributing to the accident.
For example, if a jury believes that a claimant was 10% at fault, the other driver is responsible to pay 90% of the claimant’s damages. In most cases a drunk driver is held to be strictly liable, meaning that a drunk driver will be held 100% responsible.
Do I have to pay any legal fees if I lose my case?
Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that if you don’t win your case, we don’t get paid.
How much is my case worth?
If any attorney tells you that they know how much your case is worth before reviewing all the documentation, then they are lying. A skilled lawyer, like the ones at Kaplan Lawyers PC, will need to evaluate your specific case and will maximize its value.
How long will it take to settle my case
Every case is different, but our legal team utilizes the most advanced technology and aggressive legal strategy to expedite our clients’ cases, generally resolving cases faster than most firms.
For specific answers, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (516) 399-2364.
Hire Kaplan Lawyers PC Today
Kaplan Lawyers PC knows how challenging life can be if you’re dealing with a severe injury, especially if it was not your fault. We know that you want things to get back to normal, and we are here to help. Our reliable DUI law firm can help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and property damage.
If you have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, Kaplan Lawyers PC is here to help.
Seek justice today by calling (516) 399-2364 or contacting us online.
Attorney Jared S. Kaplan
Attorney Jared S. Kaplan has focused his career on advancing his legal knowledge though the day to day practice of law. Jared is a partner in the law firm of Kaplan Lawyers PC in Syosset, New York and has been a practicing attorney for nearly 20 years. His career started in litigation, so Jared is aware of the pitfalls in litigation and uses that knowledge in the representation of his clients in complex matters. [ Attorney Bio ]