New York Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
Every year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) compiles and analyzes data about accidents on America’s roadways. In 2016 (the most recent year for which data is currently available), the statistics for crashes involving alcohol are staggering.
The number killed by drunk drivers stood at 10,497 people nationwide (where the intoxicated driver had a blood alcohol concentration [BAC] of .08 or higher). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also has some sobering national drunk driving accident figures for that same year (2016).
- Over 50 percent of all accidents were caused by alcohol-impaired drivers
- Over half of all fatal highway crashes involving two or more cars were alcohol-related
- Over 65 percent of all fatal single car accidents involved alcohol
- And more than 36 percent of all adult pedestrian accidents were alcohol-related
In New York State, Suffolk County had the highest number of alcohol-related vehicle accident deaths, followed by Nassau, Queens, and Kings Counties. Drivers in New York State are legally driving while intoxicated (DWI) if they have a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher. The minimum threshold is 0.04 percent for drivers who hold commercial drivers licenses, even if they’re not behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle. New York’s “Zero Tolerance Law” for drivers 21 and under is 0.02 percent. DWI can be punished through fines, jail time, and driving points assessments, which can ultimately lead to a driver’s license revocation. Additionally, those hurt by drunk drivers can file civil claims seeking compensation for damages from these careless, negligent law-breakers. The attorneys with Kaplan Lawyers aggressively represent drunk driving accident victims throughout the NYC area, including Suffolk, Nassau, Queens, Kings, New York, Bronx, and Richmond Counties. We’re ready to help you at Kaplan Lawyers PC by offering a FREE initial case evaluation. Damages our clients are allowed to demand from a drunk driver include:
- Medical bills
- Emotional distress
- Loss of current and future income
- Car repair/replacement and other property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Additional damages arising from wrongful death.
These claims are often paid by the drunk driver’s insurance company. However, if the driver acted with deliberate indifference to the safety of others, or it can be proved that he or she acted with willful intent, they may be sued for punitive damages – which can be paid out of their own pocket. But that’s not all. New York’s “Dram Shop Laws” allow injured victims of drunk drivers to pursue a claim against the drinking establishment or restaurant which provided the liquor to a driver who was “visibly intoxicated” or if the driver was “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 receive the maximum fair compensation amount, you need the advice, investigative abilities and tenacity of a knowledgeable and seasoned attorney. The Kaplan Lawyers team aggressively pursues all available channels of recovery which can help compensate you and your loved ones for all of your injuries and losses suffered at the hands of a drunk driver. We understand that winning your claim is only part of your ability to right this wrong. No amount of money will bring back a loved one who suffered a wrongful death due to someone else’s negligence or willful actions. But financial compensation can ease your mind and help you – and your family – focus on recovering from this shocking loss.
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 contact the seasoned, deeply-experienced New York City DWI accident attorneys at Kaplan Law as soon as possible. Prompt notification empowers us to investigate the accident scene most effectively, speak with witnesses while the accident is still fresh in their memory, and review your medical prognosis to pursue an accurate claim for damages. This professional investigation is parallel to the criminal investigation done by the NYPD or county law enforcement. If their pursuit of the drunk driver results in a conviction, it certainly could positively impact your civil claims against the defendant(s). There are also deadlines for filing DWI injury claims, so it’s important to act quickly. We are committed to diligently representing your interests and working hard to see that justice is obtained for you and your family. Contact us today to arrange your appointment for a free assessment of your case.
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