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 (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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Slip & Fall $11 Million
A well-known cellist was awarded almost $11 million after a slip and fall in a gourmet food market that resulted in injuries that now hamper her ability to play the instrument.
Pedestrian Knockdown $2.8 Million
The client was a pedestrian crossing the street when she was hit by a yellow school bus making a left-hand turn. As a result of the impact, she was forced to fall to the ground and sustained an injury to her shoulder and lower back, both of which resulted in surgeries.
Construction Accident $2.5 Million
We were able to win a jury verdict of $2,500,000 after a pretrial offer of $150,000 for our client who sustained injuries from a construction accident.
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.
Pedestrian Accident $2 Million
The client, a young boy, was crossing the street near his home on Staten Island when he slipped on ice in the roadway and was hit by a car.
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.
Truck Accident $1.5 Million
The client, a 37-year-old man, was struck in the rear by a truck while driving his car and subsequently underwent neck surgery. The defendant claimed the client cut him off. We aggressively litigated the case and on the eve of trial the defendant agreed to pay $1.5 million after previously taking a no-pay position.
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.
Slip & Fall $1.2 Million
The client tripped and fell coming out of a bar in Staten Island, sustaining injuries to her knee, neck, and back. The bar claimed that the accident never happened, and the bar blamed the owner of the premises for the condition of the sidewalk, with the owner of the premises blaming the bar.
Scaffolding Accident $1 Million
In very contentious litigation and after extensive negotiations and multiple mediations, a settlement was reached for the client in the amount of $1 million. The client was working on a scaffold at a construction site when he lost his balance and fell 10 feet to the ground.