Driving while under the influence of alcohol is wrong, unsafe, and downright illegal. If you were hurt by a motorist who was operating his or her vehicle while intoxicated, our firm is here to help. Contact a New York City drunk driving accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Brian J. Elbaum today to schedule your initial consultation with our firm.
Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Serving Clients in New York City
Over the years, we’ve handled countless cases involving drunk drivers, as drunk driving is, overall, among the most common causes of auto accidents. That said, there are a wide array of nuances associated with these cases, and only an attorney with significant experience handling them should take your case. You can rely on a New York City auto accident lawyer from our firm to bring the right about of knowledge and skill to the table for you.
What Should I Do if I’m Hurt by a Drunk Driver?
If you’re hurt by a drunk driver, you should call the police immediately. The police will arrive at the scene, treat your injury, and most likely breathalyze the driver if they suspect he or she is under the influence of alcohol. We can use a positive breath test to prove that the driver was, in fact, negligent by operating his or her vehicle while intoxicated and injured you as a result. If you can, you should also try and speak with witnesses and get their contact information, which we can use at a later date to prove your claim. Once your injuries are treated, ensure you get in contact with a knowledgeable New York City drunk driving accident lawyer as soon as you can.
New York State’s Dram Shop Laws
New York State’s dram shop laws allow those injured by drunk drivers to sue both the driver and the establishment (such as a bar or restaurant) that served the driver for any damages caused. As long as we can prove that the establishment served a person who was either visibly intoxicated or under the age of 21, and that person then got in their vehicle and injured you, we may hold both parties accountable for your injuries. Often, the result of this is accident victims attaining the full and fair compensation to which they are entitled.
Contact a Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
Few actions are more selfish and careless than driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Still, unfortunately, many people make this mistake and injure others as a result. If you’ve been hurt because of a drunk driver, you should contact the Law Offices of Brian J. Elbaum to schedule your free case evaluation today.