Drunk Driving Accident Victims
Drunk Driving is on the Rise Again
Though big strides have been made in recent years when it comes to eradicating drunk driving, deaths from traffic accidents involving intoxicated drivers are on the rise again in New York, with 328 deaths in 2011, and 344 in 2012. A loss or disability of a loved one due to the reckless irresponsibility of another is devastating, especially considering that it could have been prevented had the driver involved simply exercised common sense.
Almost 40% of these accidents could have been prevented if the drivers involved had simply exercised the level of responsibility that is legally required of them. Almost 10,000 people with friends, families and loved ones die each year because of behavior that can only be described as grossly negligent. These unacceptably high numbers are often the result of drivers misjudging the amount of alcohol that it takes for their ability to drive to become impaired.
While it is true that there are laws against drunk driving in all 50 states, the lack of standard sentencing guidelines means that offenders can get off without doing any time at all. The death or physical impairment of a loved one can result in severe financial hardship. Medical bills, loss of income, or inability to work are common occurrences in the aftermath of a drunk driving case. Also compounding the frustrations of the victims are the hard-fisted tactics of the insurance companies, who inevitably try to pay less than what is legally owed to the victim’s families. For many victims, the only recourse is a civil case.
In a civil case, when someone is suing as a result of the death of a loved one or for a serious injury to themselves, the key factor to establish is that the driver was actually “under the influence” to such a degree that his or her judgment, and his or her ability to drive, was significantly impaired. In a drunk driving case, a plaintiff must establish that the driver voluntarily drank to the point of intoxication knowing he or she would be behind the wheel. It is also crucial to establish that the driver was aware of the probable dangerous consequences of his or her conduct; and that the driver willfully and deliberately failed to avoid those consequences. Making it known that the driver acted with conscious disregard for the safety of others could allow for the award of punitive damages, which can dramatically increase the compensation amount.
We’ll Make Justice Work for You
If you have been severely injured by a drunk driver, or have lost a loved one due to a drunk driving related accident, it is imperative that you have attorneys that are committed to you and your case. You’ll need someone who can cut through the red tape of insurance companies and fight for the compensation that you deserve. Our Long Island and Manhattan accident lawyers have decades of experience in fighting for the rights of victims, and have obtained maximum settlements for the families of those who have lost their lives due to the reckless irresponsibility of others. Call us at 866-639-5567 or contact us via e-mail. We’ll make justice work for you.