Any car accident can be a distressing experience, especially those that are caused by the reckless actions of an intoxicated motorist. Drivers that choose to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol not only put themselves at risk, but also endanger the lives of drivers and pedestrians around them. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drunk drivers are responsible for more than $44 billion worth of injuries and property damage in the United States each year. If you have been injured in a crash caused by a drunk driver, you may have grounds to seek compensation for a wide range of monetary damages.

At Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan, LLP, our knowledgeable New York City car accident lawyers have more than a century’s worth of combined legal experience and can provide the aggressive representation you need to pursue every penny of your entitled compensation. With 24/7 availability and a track record of more than $500 million recovered for past clients, we can help you negotiate with the involved insurance companies and ensure the responsible parties are held accountable, allowing you to focus on your recovery with peace of mind.

Take the first step towards filing a claim by scheduling a no-cost, no-obligation case review today.

The Effects of Alcohol on Driving

Injuries and fatalities stemming from drunk driving collisions are both tragic and infuriating due to their largely preventable nature. The CDC estimates that roughly one in three fatal traffic collisions involves a driver impaired by alcohol or drugs, with countless others resulting in debilitating injury to those involved.

Alcohol can affect a person’s ability to drive by causing:

  • Impaired vision
  • Reduced situational awareness
  • Reduced reaction times
  • Sleepiness and relaxation
  • Difficulty processing sensory information
  • Over confidence and risk-taking

Compensation for Drunk Driving Accident Victims

In the state of New York, drivers who choose to get behind the wheel of a car with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher may be held criminally and civilly liable for any damages they should cause in the event of a collision. Since New York is a “no-fault” insurance state, you must turn to your own no-fault personal injury protection (PIP) coverage first for compensation. If you have suffered serious injuries or damages that exceed the limits of your coverage, you may be able to pursue a negligence claim against the drunk driver’s insurance in pursuit of further financial recovery.

If successful, you may be able to recover compensation for the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Wrongful death

Additionally, under New York’s Dram Shop Laws, you may be able to file a claim against the business or individual who supplied the driver with alcohol prior to your crash. Our attorneys can review the facts surrounding your collision and help you pursue a course of action that maximizes your chances of securing the compensation you deserve.

If We Do Not Win, You Do Not Pay

The last thing you need after being injured in a drunk driving wreck is to be saddled with the prohibitive costs of legal fees in your pursuit of justice. At Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan, LLP, our New York City personal injury lawyers understand what you are going through and are prepared to go the distance to protect your rights regardless of your ability to pay. In fact, we only accept our cases on a contingency basis. In other words, we will never make more money than you do, and we will not charge you a dime unless we are successful on your behalf.

You have nothing to lose. Get in touch with our office today to get started towards pursuing justice.