How Compensation is Awarded in a Drunk Driving Accident

Getting behind the wheel of a car when intoxicated is one of the most dangerous things a person can do. Drunk drivers are more likely to speed or drive dangerously slow, run red lights and stops signs, swerve, or even lose control of their car completely. Drivers who are convicted of driving while intoxicated can be fined, have their license suspended, or even do jail time.

Although it’s no secret that alcohol severely limits people’s abilities to drive safely and make good decisions, every year thousands of people are killed in the United States in drunk driving accidents. In fact, drunk driving accounted for 28% of all traffic related deaths in the U.S. in 2016.

Seeking Compensation for Drunk Driving Accident

Victims of accidents caused by drunk drivers in New York have the right to seek compensation from the negligent party. Compensation can be awarded for the following reasons:

  • Vehicular damage
  • Medical bills, hospital bills, physical therapy, prescription costs
  • Lost wages from missed work
  • Pain and suffering

Wrongful death claims

When someone has been killed by a drunk driver, New York law enables the decedent’s personal representative to seek compensation by filing a wrongful death claim. Monetary compensation can be awarded for the untimely death of a loved one.

Alcohol limits for driving

Drivers who have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher are considered to be intoxicated under New York law. The limit is lower for persons under 21 years of age. However, any amount of alcohol can lead to poor decision making and reflexes on the road.

If you have been injured in an accident with a drunk driver, it’s important to contact a drunk driving accident attorney to help you navigate the legal system and increase your chances of a successful settlement. An experienced attorney will make sure you don’t make any mistakes that could jeopardize your settlement.

Drunk driving injury attorneys in the Bronx

The right choice for legal help when you are injured by a drunk driver in the Bronx is the Law Offices of Evan W. Kohn. Call 718-409-5500 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today. Se habla español.

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Evan W. Kohn is an experienced personal injury attorney serving the New York City area. He handles cases ranging from auto accidents to personal injury, Slip and falls, truck accidents, and medical malpractice.