New York Injury Claims against Drunk Drivers
In recent years, New York State has passed some of the toughest laws in the country to discourage and punish drunk driving. However, alcohol-related traffic accidents remain a serious problem in our region despite the best efforts of community organizations, police and lawmakers. If you need advice about your legal options following an injury-causing accident involving a drunk driver, contact The Pryor Law Firm, LLC, at any of our three locations for a no-cost discussion with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Before opening The Pryor Law Firm, New York trial lawyer Kenneth A. Pryor served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx, where he prosecuted criminal cases ranging from DWI to homicide. With this unique background, Mr. Pryor is intimately familiar with the investigation of DWI cases, including the complex toxicology and breathalyzer aspects of the case and he knows how to prove civil damages claims for personal injury against drunk drivers.
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Our law firm’s experience with DWI, driving while intoxicated and alcohol-related motor vehicle accident claims can expand your options for financial compensation whether or not the other driver was charged with or convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) or the less serious offense of driving while ability is impaired (DWAI or DWAI-Drugs) under Section 1192 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.
Even if the drunk driver defeated the criminal charges related to your accident, we can present evidence of intoxication in your civil case for money damages. The personal injury action for monetary damages has a huge advantage over the criminal prosecution — we do not have to prove intoxication or impairment of the defendant driver “beyond a reasonable doubt” in your civil case. There is a much lower burden of proof required in all civil cases. Even if we can’t prove intoxication or impairment of the driver, we can still win the case by simply proving that he or she was simply negligent in causing the accident.
Additionally, if a drunk driver is served too much alcohol at a bar or restaurant and then injures or kills someone in an accident, the bar or restaurant may also be liable to the injured victims in what is known as a Dram Shop action, depending on the facts of the case.
Similar legal and factual considerations apply to other motor vehicle accident claims resulting from a driver’s unlawful conduct, including:
- Drug-related impairment
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Drag racing, street racing or excessive speeding
- Driving after suspension or revocation
- Driving without insurance or proof of insurance
- Reckless driving
New York City DWI accident attorney Kenneth A. Pryor can explain the legal and practical aspects of your case in a free and confidential consultation in one of our offices, at your home or even in the hospital. If you choose to work with The Pryor Law Firm, you will pay nothing out of pocket for the expenses necessary to develop your claims and present them in settlement negotiations or at trial, including the cost of working with a toxicology expert to interpret the results of the impaired driver’s blood or breath tests.
New York Law Firm for Accident Claims against Drunk Drivers
We work with the victims of drunk drivers and their families throughout the New York area, especially Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and communities throughout Nassau County.
If you need information about your legal options following a drunk driving accident, contact an attorney with the experience and background that can help you and your family achieve justice. Call The Pryor Law Firm for a free consultation.
The Pryor Law Firm, LLC, helps people with many kinds of personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout the New York metro area, including Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County and communities as Garden City, Uniondale, Hempstead, Roosevelt, Freeport, Levittown, Valley Stream, Laurelton, Rosedale, Valley Stream, Massapequa, Lindenhurst, Hauppauge, Deer Park, Ronkonkoma, Selden and Huntington.