Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers in New York
Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys Offering the Support You Need
Nothing can prepare you for the harm and hardship caused by a drunk driver. Beyond the physical pain and emotional strain, there will likely be incredible financial pressure as your medical bills stack up and you miss work. You deserve to be compensated for your damages – but it might be a fight to get the money, justice, and closure owed to you.
Let The Paris Law Group, PC in New York City help you prepare, file, and pursue a drunk driving accident claim. Our New York drunk driving accident attorneys have a long history of taking on challenging and sensitive cases, including those filed against drunk drivers and the insurance companies defending them. Using our vast experience and network of expert witnesses, we hope to build an unbeatable case that can stand up in court if need be.
Call our firm at (888) 365-4940 now if you have been hurt by a drunk driver.
Injuries Caused by Drunk Drivers
Intoxicated driving is not something that should be taken lightly. We give our clients the power to hold drunk drivers accountable because we know just how reckless drinking-and-driving really is. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that about 30% of all fatal car accidents are caused by an intoxicated or drug-impaired driver.
Injuries often reported in serious drunk driving accidents include:
Are Drunk Driving Convictions an Admission of Guilt?
You have been hit by a drunk driver, who is arrested, charged, tried, and convicted of a DUI and related crimes. Does their conviction mean that you will automatically win your drunk driving claim against them? As unusual as it might seem, the answer is ‘no’ because criminal courts are separate from civil courts.
If you want deserved compensation from a drunk driver who hit you, then you have to file a civil claim against them – and you should prepare to go to court to see the matter to the end. While a criminal conviction does not prove liability outright, it is a powerful piece of evidence when placed into the right hands. Choose our New York DUI accident attorneys to represent you, and we can find a way to best utilize the drunk driver’s DUI conviction.
Why Do DUI Accident Claims Go to Court So Often?
Many car accident claims can actually be settled fairly without the need for a judge’s or jury’s decision. Why do drunk driving accident claims often escalate to a lawsuit, though? The answer lies with insurance companies who do not want to pay large sums to injured drivers.
When a drunk driver causes an accident, the applicable insurance policy is usually much larger than a typical policy. Insurance companies have a chance to pay more to a claimant due to the higher policy caps involved. Not wanting to risk a six-or-seven-figure payout to a claimant, some insurers would rather drag things into the courtroom in hopes it will dissuade the injured party from continuing with the claim.
NYC Dram Shop Laws Hold Bars & Hosts Accountable
In New York State, the option to pursue compensation after a drunk driving accident is not limited to only filing a claim against that drunk driver. There are cases in which the person or establishment that gave the drunk driver alcohol can be held financially liable for later damages, too, based on the state’s dram shop laws.
A dram shop lawsuit or claim is validated if a host or vendor provided or sold alcohol to:
- Someone who was visibly or knowingly drunk
- An underage minor (younger than 21)
If a party host, bar, restaurant, hotel, alcohol mart, or any other party gives or sells alcohol to a minor or someone who is clearly drunk, and that person then causes a drunk driving accident later, then the alcohol provider can be held accountable for some or all of the damages. Dram shop laws are meant to deter and penalize people or establishments that negligently contribute to drunk driving crashes by giving alcohol to drivers who should not have a drop more.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Our NYC Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers
Acting quickly is important after being in a drunk driving accident. Filing your claim sooner than later allows you to recall key details with more clarity while also avoiding New York’s three-year statute of limitations on injury claims. Let’s start your claim on the right foot by beginning with a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with the New York DUI accident attorneys of The Paris Law Group, PC.
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Bus Accident $2.1 MILLION
Bus Accident $2.1 Million
A mediated settlement was reached on the eve of trial on behalf of the client who was a driver of a motor vehicle which was struck in the rear by a bus.
Car Accident $1.7 Million
The client was an ambulance driver responding to an emergency call. While in the process of making a left-hand turn with the ambulance lights and sirens in operation, he was struck by a vehicle going straight.
Bus Accident $1.5 MILLION
Car Accident $1.3 MILLION
Car Accident $1.25 Million
Through aggressive litigation, full policy limits in the amount of $1.25 million were tendered within 14 months of the accident for the injured passenger in a motor vehicle accident. The client was a rear-seat passenger in a motor vehicle that was pulled over on the shoulder of the Staten Island Expressway when it was rear-ended by the defendant in the early morning hours.
Back Injury $900,000
A settlement was reached during trial for the client who was struck in the rear while operating his vehicle. As a result of this impact, the client sustained a herniated disk in the lower back, which required surgical removal.
Two-Car Intersection Collision $470,000
Plaintiff was a back-seat passenger in a two-car intersection collision. As a result of the accident, plaintiff fractured five ribs that healed properly after five weeks with no residual effects. After trial, a jury awarded plaintiff $470,000 for past pain and suffering.
Rear-End Accident $400,000
This client was injured in a rear-end motor vehicle accident and subsequently underwent back surgery. Between the accident and the surgery 10 years passed, which included the plaintiff being incarcerated and assaulted in prison.
Neck & Back Injuries $300,000
Plaintiff, while operating a motor vehicle, was sideswiped by a livery car causing her to sustain soft tissue non-fracture injuries to her neck and back. The insurance company refused to settle this case and the matter was ultimately adjudicated before a Bronx County jury. The result was a verdict in favor of the plaintiff in the amount of $300,000.