For the past 15 years, our experienced team at Dalbir Singh & Associates, P.C. has been dedicated to handling various personal injury claims, including motor vehicle accidents, hit and run incidents, and pedestrian accidents.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver, our New York drunk driver accident lawyers will tirelessly advocate for the maximum compensation on your behalf.
Whether you were a driver, passenger, or pedestrian who suffered injuries due to an intoxicated driver, our skilled New York drunk driver accident lawyers are ready to represent you.
We will thoroughly review your case, gather evidence, assess the value of your injuries, and negotiate with relevant parties to help you secure the compensation you deserve.
Statute Of Limitations
Following a drunk driving accident, you have a three-year window from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. Filing a lawsuit beyond this timeframe may result in dismissal. In the unfortunate event of losing a loved one in a drunk driving accident, you have a two-year period to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Laws Against Drunk Driving In New York
New York DWI laws prohibit individuals from operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level exceeding 0.08%. For commercial motor vehicles, the limit is set at 0.04%. Moreover, New York's Zero-Tolerance Law prohibits individuals under the age of 21 from driving after consuming any amount of alcohol.
Dram Shop Laws
Under New York Dram Shop laws, establishments such as bars, clubs, and restaurants are prohibited from serving alcohol to visibly intoxicated individuals. If injury-related accidents occur as a result of a breach of this law, injured individuals have the right to seek compensation from the establishments that sold the alcohol.
Contrary to common belief, liability in drunk driving accidents can extend beyond the intoxicated driver. Parties that may be held liable include:
The drunk driver's employer if the driver was on the job at the time of the accident.
Restaurants, clubs, or drinking establishments that served alcohol to visibly intoxicated individuals.
The insurance company of the drunk driver.
In the event of an accident caused by a drunk driver, certain compensation options are available to address the economic losses you have suffered. Your medical expenses, lost wages, and other injury-related costs will typically be covered by your Personal Injury Protection Insurance (PIP) for up to $50,000.
If you do not have coverage under auto or household insurance, or if your economic damages exceed $50,000, you have the option to file a claim against the insurance company of the drunk driver.
In addition to seeking economic damages, you also have the right to file a claim or lawsuit for non-economic damages against the responsible driver or the establishment that caused or contributed to the accident.
Pain And Suffering
To pursue compensation for the pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of a drunk driving accident, you can file a third-party injury claim. This claim seeks to hold the responsible party accountable for the physical and emotional distress you have endured.
If your property, such as your vehicle, was damaged due to the actions of an intoxicated driver, you can seek compensation for the property damage incurred as a result of the accident.
In cases where an intoxicated driver causes the death of a loved one, you have the right to file a wrongful death claim. This claim seeks to obtain compensation for the losses and damages associated with the untimely death of a family member.
Contact Our New York Drunk Driver Accident Lawyer
Schedule a free consultation with our experienced New York Drunk Driver Accident Lawyer to discuss your case and explore the available legal options for obtaining the compensation you deserve.
In New York City, drunk driving refers to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent that it impairs the driver's ability to safely operate the vehicle.
The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for drivers in New York City is 0.08%. If a driver's BAC exceeds this limit, they can be charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI).
Penalties for drunk driving in New York City can include fines, license suspension, mandatory participation in alcohol education programs, probation, community service, and even imprisonment, depending on the specific circumstances and prior convictions.
Yes, if you are injured by a drunk driver in New York City, you may be eligible to pursue legal action against the drunk driver to seek compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Under certain circumstances, you may be able to hold establishments, such as bars or restaurants, responsible for serving alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person who later causes an accident. This is known as dram shop liability, and specific criteria must be met to pursue a claim.
Important evidence in a drunk driving personal injury claim can include police reports, witness statements, breathalyzer or blood test results, medical records, photographs of the accident scene, and any other relevant documentation.
Yes, it is possible to obtain punitive damages in a drunk driving personal injury claim. Punitive damages are awarded to punish the drunk driver for their willful or reckless behavior and to deter others from engaging in similar conduct.
Yes, even if a drunk driver was convicted in criminal court, you can still pursue a legal claim against them in civil court. The outcome of the criminal case may strengthen your civil claim but is not determinative of your right to seek compensation.
An experienced personal injury attorney can assist with a drunk driving personal injury claim by investigating the accident, gathering evidence, calculating damages, negotiating with insurance companies, and advocating for your rights to secure fair compensation.
Finding the right attorney for your drunk driving personal injury claim in New York City is crucial. Look for attorneys with experience in personal injury law, specifically handling cases involving drunk driving accidents. Seek recommendations, read client reviews, and schedule consultations to find the attorney who best meets your needs.
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