New York Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
New York State recorded 7,849 alcohol-related crashes in one year alone. Of these crashes, 270 were involved fatalities and 3,974 resulted in personal injuries. Every year, thousands of people are hospitalized because of the recklessness of an intoxicated driver. Alcohol-related accidents are unique in that they involve criminal and civil wrongdoings on the part of the intoxicated driver.
It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher in New York. Drivers can get into legal trouble with any BAC percentage depending on the circumstances. Drunk driving is also an act of gross negligence, or recklessness. If a drunk driver recently caused your accident in New York City, come to Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP for legal counsel with an experienced New York City drug driving accident lawyer. You may be eligible for compensation.
Criminal vs. Civil Lawsuits in New York
If police have an open criminal investigation or pending charge against the drunk driver, this does not mean you will automatically receive compensation. You must file an additional civil claim against the responsible party. New York City will file its own criminal claim against the driver, with the goal of punishing the person for his or her wrongdoing. It is up to you, the injured party, to file a civil claim in pursuit of damage recovery. Civil cases aim to compensate accident victims for damages such as:
- Past and future medical costs
- Lost wages and lost capacity to earn
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering and mental anguish
- Permanent or temporary disability
- Lost quality of life
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium (in the event of wrongful death)
In NYC, you can file a civil claim during an ongoing criminal case. The outcome of the criminal case will have no effect on your civil case. They are completely separate processes. However, if the courts convict the driver for driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving while ability impaired (DWAI), it can signal that the civil courts will likely find the defendant at fault for your accident and personal injuries. Evidence such as BAC test results and eyewitness statements may help prove that the driver was drunk at the time of the crash. The legal team at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP can help during the civil claims process.
Get Answers for Your NYC Drunk Driving Accident
Drunk drivers are responsible for roadway tragedies every day. Don’t let one get away with ruining your life or taking a loved one from your family. One of the best things you can do for yourself after a drunk driving accident is retain an attorney. An NYC personal injury lawyer can walk you through your legal opportunities and help you seek maximum compensation for your losses. A personal injury suit can not only lead to the financial recovery you need, but also to the closure your family needs to move forward.
If a drunk driver killed your loved one, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim. A personal representative of the deceased person’s estate has this power in the state of New York. You have two years from the date of death to file this type of claim, while the deadline for standard personal injury lawsuits is three years from the date of injury. Don’t wait another day to speak to an attorney. A brighter future could be just a phone call away. Call (833) SAM-N-DAN or go online to schedule a free case evaluation in NYC.