Drunk Driving Accidents
Queens Lawyers Dedicated to Assisting Car Crash Victims
Drunk driving accidents often leave victims with catastrophic, life-threatening injuries. Drivers under the influence of alcohol cannot safely operate vehicles because of their slowed reaction times, and their impaired judgment. Drunk drivers have a propensity to enter roadways from the wrong direction, leading to dangerous head-on collisions. Drunk drivers will drive at excessive speeds, which makes them unable to avoid hitting vehicles in front of them and can cause rear-end collisions. Queens drunk driving accident lawyer Marc S. Albert will hold recklessly intoxicated drivers accountable for the harm that they create on the road. Having represented car accident victims for over 20 years, he has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of clients as they struggle to cope with severe injuries in the aftermath of a devastating crash. If a drunk driver has injured you, the Law Offices of Marc S. Albert can help you determine your next legal steps. Contact our office today to learn more about your legal rights and options.
New York Drunk Driving Accidents
The Centers for Disease Control has reported that, nationally, that drunk driver cause about 30 percent of fatal accidents. In New York, thousands of individuals are injured or die as a result of a drunk driving accident each year. Alcohol impairment leads to reckless behavior since drivers are more likely to disobey traffic signals or signs, swerve into other lanes erratically, and speed excessively or vary their speed unpredictably. A drunk driving accident attorney can help you hold drivers accountable for any of these actions.
Under New York law, police officers will arrest drivers for their actions while driving with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher for illegally driving while intoxicated (DWI). Additionally, individuals under the age of 21 with a BAC of .02 percent or higher are not permitted to operate vehicles, and the legal Blood Alcohol Content limit for commercial drivers is .04 percent. Individuals with BACs of .08 percent or higher experience a lack of coordination, reduced reaction time, and impairment of judgment and self-control, all of which are necessary when driving. In New York, DWIs are not only crimes punishable by incarceration, fines, and license suspension or revocation, but also situations in which a driver may be subject to civil liability if they lead to injuries to someone else.
Legal Remedies for Drunk Driving Accident Victims
Accidents caused by drunk drivers can leave surviving victims with catastrophic injuries like spinal cord damage and traumatic brain injuries, which require a lifetime of care. Our Queens drunk driving accident attorneys believe that intoxicated drivers should be held responsible for the harm that they cause, and we help victims pursue compensation for past and future medical expenses, loss of income, pain & suffering, and emotional distress, among other damages. Often, victims receive these damages from a liable driver’s insurance company, if they have coverage. Punitive damages may also be available for victims directly from a driver when he or she acted with deliberate indifference toward others’ safety.
New York’s dram shop laws prohibit businesses from serving alcohol to visibly intoxicated individuals. Regulations also prohibit service to individuals who are under 21 years old. It is also against the law to serve any individual who even looks to be under 21 years old if they do not possess legal, government issued identification.
When a bar or restaurant violates these laws, the restaurant owners and bartenders may also be held accountable for the consequences of a drunk driving accident. Families who have lost loved ones may file wrongful death claims against those responsible for their loss. Dealing with permanent, life-altering injuries, or the death of a relative, can be an emotional and overwhelming time, so making sure that you have a strong legal advocate on your side can help ensure that your legal rights remain intact.
Consult a Compassionate Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer in Queens
When a drunk driver causes harm to another person, he or she needs to be held accountable for acting recklessly. Queens attorney Marc S. Albert is committed to making sure that victims receive the financial assistance that they need to aid in the healing process after being hit by a drunk or distracted driver. The Law Offices of Marc S. Albert offers compassionate and skilled legal representation to people across New York City and Long Island, based in offices in Astoria and Syosset. If you need legal guidance following a drunk driving accident, contact our office online or at 855-252-3788 to see how we can help.