Here at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., our attorneys represent victims of negligence, including those who experience collisions caused by drunk drivers. Yet, no matter how many cases we work on and families we fight for, seeing the devastating impact of these accidents is always heartbreaking. When you retain a Brentwood drunk driving accident lawyer at our firm, our attorneys will be there to fight for your case from our first consultation until the case is settled or a verdict is returned. At the end of the day, drunk driving is a selfish and reckless display of negligence. Our attorneys want offenders to understand the true consequences of their actions and be held financially responsible.
If you or a loved one were the victims of a drunk driving accident, we want to help you. To receive your free case review, reach out to a Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. representative today at (516) 932-0400.
Common Factors Drunk Driving Accidents
Driving under the influence (DUI) has no place on Brentwood roadways—or any roadway for that matter. Alcohol can affect decision-making skills, vision, cognitive function, motor skills, impulse control, attention span, emotional state, and just about every other tool that drivers rely on when operating a motor vehicle.
Accordingly, when a drunk driver gets behind the wheel, they are more likely to drive recklessly, experience distraction, make irrational decisions, and engage in many other dangerous behaviors. Common factors of DUI accidents include the following:
- Swerving between lanesIgnoring traffic signals and signs, such as running red lights and stop signs
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Failing to turn on the headlights
- Racing other drivers
- Not using turn signals
- Speeding, potentially causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle
- Following too closely
- Misjudging speed, time, and distance with respect to their vehicle in relation to other vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and objects on the road.
It is worth noting that driving while intoxicated is a criminal offense that can result in various penalties for the driver, according to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Yet, the punishments the drunk driver may face in criminal court are separate from your ability to pursue compensation in a civil suit. Whatever happens in the criminal case, you still have a right to pursue a claim to recover your damages in a civil suit.
For a free legal consultation with a drunk driving accidents lawyer serving Brentwood, call 516-932-0400
Recoverable Damages for Drunk Driving Accident Victims
The civil case will focus on winning your recoverable damages for you. Recoverable damages are intended to compensate you for your pain and suffering, limitations created by your physical injuries, financial burdens, and psychological trauma.
Depending on the nature of your case, you may be able to claim compensation for the following types of damages:
- Lost wages and benefits
- Diminished earning capacity
- Expenses for medical care
- Property damage
- Rehabilitation services
- Mental anguish, covering loss of consortium, diminished quality of life, loss of companionship, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more
- Physical pain and suffering
- Accommodations for permanent disabilities, including prosthetics, medical devices, transportation methods, and rehabilitation programs
- Other items of damages specific to the unique circumstances of your case
When you retain a Brentwood drunk driving accident at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., we can help you document your losses and gather evidence to back up your claims. Some cases also call for outside assistance, especially if you have suffered significant severe mental anguish, very great physical pain, or other types of intangible suffering.
In such cases, while we work to determine your case value, we will call upon expert witnesses to gain a more in-depth and precise perspective on the task at hand, including economists, rehabilitation experts, medical professionals, life care planners, and more.
To learn more about seeking compensation after a drunk driving accident, contact a Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. representative today at (516) 932-0400 to get started with your free consultation.
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Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys Serving Victims in Brentwood
Here at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., we know that accident victims come from many walks of life and many different areas of the world. Since our firm was founded in 1991, we have hoped to give a voice to the voiceless and make our communities a better place. That is why our law firm proudly assists our clients in multiple languages, including Spanish, Tamil, Greek, Kannada, and Bengali.
The field of personal injury law may seem confusing for people outside of the legal world. To combat this, our attorneys will provide numerous legal services throughout your proceedings. In the meantime, you can focus on your medical treatment and ongoing recovery. Our services include the following:
- Providing updates on your claim as it progresses through the legal process
- Identifying liable entities
- Communicating with all individuals for you
- Investigating and gathering information to help reveal the truth
- Calculating values for your overall pain and suffering
- Fighting relentlessly to win the very best possible outcome for you
To make everything as convenient for you as possible, we will be happy to meet with you anywhere on Long Island or in the New York metropolitan area. We have seen clients have the experience many times, that with a Brentwood drunk driving accident by their side, the legal process feels less intimidating and they are better able to consider their options carefully.
Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. About Your Case Today
Most personal injury claims fall under New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules (CVP) §214. This statute only gives you a limited amount of time to take legal action. Once that time expires, your eligibility for damages will also expire. In addition to the statute of limitations, claims and lawsuits are governed by other deadlines as well.
Another important time-related consideration pertains to the gathering of evidence. Witness statements and surveillance or dash-cam video are best collected as soon after the accident as possible before they potentially become unavailable for a wide variety of reasons.
Our team will make certain that you remain on the right side of the statute of limitations and other deadlines so you maintain your right to damages. We will also work to obtain important, relevant evidence quickly. The earlier you contact us, the sooner we can review your case and proceed to build the strongest possible arguments in your favor. To get started with your free consultation today, contact a Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. team member at (516) 932-0400.