Manhattan Car Accident Attorneys Helping Motorists Injured by Drunk Drivers
Driver impairment, which occurs when a person's ability to operate a car is compromised by illegal drugs, alcohol, prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs, is one of the leading causes of auto accidents in New York. In 2008, more than 400 individuals were killed in alcohol-related crashes. This number represents 33% of all car accident fatalities that year. Although this number has decreased dramatically over the last two decades, many negligent individuals continue to drive while intoxicated, putting other motorists at risk for serious car accident injuries or death.
Contact a NYC Car Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
At Block O'Toole & Murphy, our New York City car accident attorneys aggressively pursue compensation from intoxicated drivers who injure or kill other motorists, passengers and pedestrians. If you or a loved one was injured by a drunk driver, our team of experienced New York auto accident attorneys can aggressively litigate your claim to help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve from the party responsible for your injuries. Simply fill out our FREE case review form or call 212-736-5300 to speak with one of our car accident lawyers in New York.
New York Law and Drunk Driving Accidents
According to New York law, drunk driving victims are not just entitled to damages resulting from their car accident injuries. You can also sue to collect punitive damages, which are awarded to punish the drunk driver for malicious misconduct and deter others from engaging in similar conduct. Additionally, if an individual is killed by an intoxicated driver, the family can pursue a claim to recover damages related to their loss.
Determining Fault in Drunk Driving Accidents
New York is one of the many states with a "dram shop" law, which allows individuals and families to hold bar owners and alcohol servers accountable if a customer or guest becomes visibly intoxicated and subsequently hurts or kills someone by driving drunk. Because of this law, many drunk driving victims can pursue a claim against a third party, as well as the drunk driver. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, our auto accident attorneys have the knowledge and resources to identify all parties responsible for your car accident injuries.
New York Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys Get Results for Clients
Our New York drunk driving accident lawyers understand the financial, physical and emotional effects car accidents can have on a victim and their family, as we have handled countless cases from clients who suffered brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and other debilitating conditions. Our lawyers are proud to have had the chance to represent Jimmy Dunne, a good Samaritan who stopped to help other car accident victims, only to be struck by an intoxicated driver at the scene. We obtained $32.7 million, the largest non-medical malpractice verdict in Long Island, for Dunne who suffered severe life-threatening trauma to the head.
Contact Us to Learn About Your Legal Rights After an Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured by an intoxicated driver, our motor vehicle accident attorneys may be able to pursue justice and financial compensation on your behalf. We are dedicated to serving those who needlessly suffered life-changing injuries due to another's negligent and reckless actions and offer a FREE case review to all potential clients. Serving Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx and all of New York City and New York State.