Drunk driving remains a problem in the Bronx and throughout New York City despite bountiful alternatives to driving such as public transportation, taxis, and ride-sharing.
In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that someone died in a drunk driving accident every 48 minutes in the U.S. in 2017. This same year, New York had nearly a thousand reported traffic fatalities with 30 percent involving alcohol impairment.
Clearly, the odds of being a victim of a drunk driving accident in the Bronx are higher than they should be, but there are steps you can take to protect your rights if one occurs.
Call for emergency help
In New York, there are many types of drunk driving accidents a driver may be arrested for, such as:
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
- Driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more (.08 BAC)
- Driving while ability impaired by a drug (DWAI-drug)
- Driving while ability impaired by alcohol (DWAI)
- Aggravated driving while intoxicated (Agg-DWI)
- Driving under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs
If you or someone you are with is hit by a drunk driver, it is important to call the police immediately. An intoxicated driver should be arrested and penalized for their crime. The police can also collect evidence and witness testimony that you may be able to use to seek compensation for injuries and property damage in an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. If anyone is injured, dial 911 for immediate help from both police and an ambulance.
Make a record of the accident
It is important to seek immediate hospital attention if you are injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver. However, if it is safe and you are able, you should make a record of what happened. Having a record of the accident is especially helpful if you or another driver, passenger, cyclist, or pedestrian was seriously injured or killed. The following steps can help preserve the scene:
- Take photos of the accident scene, including damage to vehicles and their positions, skid marks and other roadway evidence, and any physical injuries
- Write down what happened as soon as you can to preserve your memory, including drawing diagrams
- Interview potential witnesses
- Give accurate facts to police and medical professionals
Contact a doctor immediately
Fear and adrenaline often mask the immediate physical effects of a car accident. You may feel whiplash and not realize it is serious, chronic pain from spinal injury. Victims with brain injuries in particular may not show symptoms until weeks after an auto accident. Because of this, it is important to be thoroughly evaluated by an experienced doctor as soon as possible.
Seek the help of an experienced Bronx car accident lawyer
If you were involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you may feel scared, but you are not alone. At The Law Offices of Evan W. Kohn, our dedicated auto accident attorney can guide you through your options and help you obtain your rightful financial compensation for serious personal injury or wrongful death. Call us at 718-409-5500 or contact us online today for a free initial consultation. Se habla español.