New York City Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers

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If you live in New York City, you know how hectic and frantic it can be to drive these streets– and we have come to expect that. However, when drivers choose to get behind the wheel when they are under the influence– they are putting the lives of other drivers and passengers at risk. The level of danger is immediately magnified for everyone. Whether via drunk driving or drugged driving, a complete stranger can permanently change your life– through no fault of your own. If this has happened to you, contact us at Douglas and London for a free consultation.

IMPORTANT: Douglas & London is a personal injury law firm and does not handle criminal defense claims related to driving under the influence.

What legal standards must a drunk driving victim lawyer meet?

To file a personal injury claim against a driver who was under the influence, you must have been injured in the accident. We represent these victims and fight to tilt the scales of justice in your favor. Our New York City car accident lawyers do not represent drivers charged with a DUI.

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To prove that another driver was negligent in causing your injuries, you must meet the following standards:

  • The other driver owed you a duty of care. Solely by operating their vehicle, this duty of care is automatically imposed on every driver– so this standard should be easily met.
  • However, the other driver breached this duty of care and was directly responsible for your accident. One way a driver can breach this duty is by not following the local laws. If a driver breaks the law at the time of the crash– they are automatically presumed to have breached this duty of care. A driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol would certainly be breaking the law. This is a legal standard that an experienced New York City personal injury lawyer is familiar with. 
  • The victim sustained damages, which would come in the form of bodily harm in the case of drunk driving accidents.
  • Those damages– or in this case, injuries– were substantially caused by the accident with the intoxicated driver. This is another element that can be difficult to prove, depending on your accident’s facts and circumstances. A qualified drunk driving victim lawyer will be in a position to best advocate on your behalf.

Drugged driving and drunk driving can both cause serious injuries

Drunk driving accidents in New York City run the gamut when it comes to the injuries they can cause. Some victims are fortunate enough to walk away completely unscathed, some will survive, albeit with a long-term disability, and others will never see their loved ones again. Here is a list of some of the more common injuries caused by these crashes.

  • Minor bumps and bruises
  • Cuts, scrapes, and lacerations
  • Sprained joints and ligaments
  • Broken bones
  • Whiplash
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Organ damage
  • Internal injuries
  • Amputations
  • Paralysis
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Death

Why you need a New York City drunk driving accident attorney

The more serious the injury, the more tragic these cases are, especially since the victim did nothing wrong. Further, the entire crash may have been preventable if the other driver had not decided to get behind the wheel while under the influence. What can add insult to injury and make these accidents even more tragic is when victims attempt to negotiate an injury settlement directly with the insurance company. No matter how cordial an agent may seem on the phone—they are paid to make sure that you emerge with the smallest financial recovery possible.

On the other hand, an experienced DUI accident attorney can identify your case’s strengths and weaknesses and identify the same with the other driver’s case. With this analysis, your lawyer can implement a legal strategy that will maximize your financial recovery. That is why we strongly urge New York City DUI accident victims to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible while your case is in its early stages.

Hire a DUI accident attorney with a combination of experience and proven results

At Douglas and London, not only have we handled thousands of cases over the years, but we have the results to go along with that. Our firm has earned over $4 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. We are available 24/7. If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident, contact our firm today for your free consultation—and since we work on a contingency-fee-basis, there are no upfront legal costs.

IMPORTANT: Douglas & London is a personal injury law firm and does not handle criminal defense claims related to driving under the influence.