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 their reaction times are slowed, and their judgment is impaired. Drunk drivers have a propensity to enter roadways from the wrong direction, leading to dangerous head-on collisions. Also, they may 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 is dedicated to holding recklessly intoxicated drivers accountable for the harm that they cause 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 serious injuries in the aftermath of a devastating crash. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, 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, almost 30 percent of fatal accidents are caused by a drunk driver. 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 Queens residents hold drivers accountable for any of these actions.
Under New York law, drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher are illegally driving while intoxicated (DWI), and they can be arrested for their actions behind the wheel. Additionally, individuals under the age of 21 with a BAC of .02 percent or higher are not permitted to operate vehicles, and the legal BAC limit for commercial drivers is .04 percent. Individuals with BACs of .08 percent or higher experience a lack of coordination, poor 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 and 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.
Pursuant to New York’s dram shop laws, businesses are prohibited from serving alcohol to individuals who are visibly intoxicated, or to individuals who are apparently, or actually, under 21 years old. When a bar or restaurant violates these laws, it may also be held accountable for the consequences of a drunk driving accident. Families who have lost loved ones may also 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.