Drunk driving is a longstanding problem in the United States and the target of many public service campaigns. Nevertheless, thousands of people continue to be injured or killed each year in these types of tragic accidents. If you’ve been injured by a driver who was impaired by alcohol or other drugs, you are not alone — and you shouldn’t have to suffer financially for someone else’s terrible mistake. The NYC personal injury attorneys at Zlotolow & Associates, P.C., have more than 20 years of experience successfully recovering full and fair compensation for DUI crash victims. Schedule a free consultation with a drunk driving accident lawyer now to learn how our firm can help you and your family during this difficult time.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a drunk driver, our legal team is here to help. For years, we’ve sought justice on behalf of accident victims in New York State, and we are ready to fight for you. Turn to a seasoned New York auto accident lawyer from our firm so we can help you get the peace of mind you deserve.
If you’re involved in an accident with a drunk or impaired driver, here are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your legal right to compensation:
The first thing to do at the scene of an accident is to make sure everyone is safe and that medical help is on the way if needed. Then, if possible, gather information:
If you were unable to gather this information at the scene of the accident, it’s not too late to start keeping a record. Write down what you remember from the accident, with diagrams as needed. Photographs of your injuries and any damage to your vehicle can also help you and others reconstruct the crash and its impact.
An “injury journal” can provide a great deal of assistance. The journal helps your doctor see how you’re doing, which may help identify potentially overlooked problems or suggest better treatment options. The journal also helps your lawyer establish the full extent of your injuries and the compensation you need to address them.
If your injuries make it difficult for you to write or to remember things, experiment with audio recordings, typing, or having a trusted family member help you keep your journal. In the long run, this journal can help you maintain a sense of control and perspective by demonstrating that your healing is a work in progress and by helping you pinpoint what helps and what does not.
A car accident lawyer with experience helping drunk driving accident victims and their families can help you:
After a serious injury or the devastating loss of a loved one, your focus should be on healing for yourself and your family — not on fighting insurance companies. Your attorney can take these tasks off your hands, so you can rest and recover.
Alcohol reduces the brain’s ability to process information, make reasoned judgments about information, and control the muscles necessary to respond in a timely manner to that information — all of which are necessary abilities for anyone attempting to operate a car safely. Although 0.08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC) is the point at which most states’ criminal drunk driving laws kick in, victims of DUI accidents should know:
Seeking compensation after a drunk driving accident can pose unusual complications, especially if the at-fault driver is also facing criminal charges. The help of an experienced DUI injury lawyer is essential. Our attorneys have decades of experience successfully representing drunk-driving crash victims. We can help you navigate the legal complexities of your case and manage communications with insurance companies in pursuit of maximum compensation for you. Contact our office today. During your free consultation, you’ll learn more about the ways in which our team can help you demand the justice you deserve.