It is a well-known fact that drunk driving inherently poses life-threatening dangers to other motorists. Despite this knowledge, many drivers take chances behind the wheel after leaving a celebration or night out with friends. If a drunk driver caused an accident that left you with serious injuries, you should consider moving forward with legal action.
No one should experience large medical bills, missed time from work, and pain and suffering due to the negligent actions of another motorist.
At Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., we believe those responsible for your injuries should pay for your expenses—not you. If you experienced serious injuries or lost a loved one due to the actions of a drunk driver, call a Hicksville drunk driving accident lawyer with Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. now for a free case evaluation at (516) 932-0400.
Drunk Driving and Your Accident Injuries
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 30 people die each day in the United States due to drunk driving. In New York, more than 20% of all highway deaths involve the use of alcohol or other drugs.
The New York Department of Motor Vehicles outlines the effects of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. While the legal limit for drunk driving is a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08, impaired driving starts at a level of .02. At this stage, alcohol causes a decline in visual function and the ability to perform multiple tasks at once.
As the level of alcohol in the body increases, so does the danger to other drivers:
- With a BAC level of .05, a driver often experiences reduced coordination, difficulty steering, and cannot respond quickly to emergencies.
- With a BAC level of .08 (the legal limit), alcohol affects a driver’s ability to concentrate, and the ability to process information.
- With a BAC level of .10 or higher, alcohol affects a driver’s ability to maintain lane position and to brake appropriately.
When a driver believes they are safe to drive after a few drinks, they underestimate the effects of alcohol on their body. Their decision to drink and drive is a choice. Your serious injuries were 100% preventable, had the other driver used care, and made other arrangements for transportation.
If you suffered life-changing injuries due to a drunk driver, you are entitled to compensation. While each case is different, possible financial recovery covers your medical costs, lost wages from missed time at work, and other damages.
Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. now for a free case evaluation at (516) 932-0400.
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Your Drunk Driving Injuries and Resulting Outcomes
No matter the age of the drunk driver that caused your injuries, holding them accountable by pursuing civil litigation is your right under New York law.
Serious injuries due to a drunk driver impact your career, your relationships, and your ability to perform simple tasks. Daily activities that were once easy may now require assistance, such as bathing, dressing, and preparing meals.
Your life changes resulting from the careless actions of a drunk driver demand justice. Separate and apart from whatever criminal charges a drunk driver faces for the wrongful act committed against society, you have the right to pursue civil action for the specific harm that the driver inflicted upon you as an individual. Collisions between vehicles take a second to happen yet leave some victims with permanent disabilities and other hardships that last years or even a lifetime.
Depending upon the level of injury suffered, medical expenses can increase over time as an injured person needs to pay for:
- Prescription medications
- Future surgeries
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Assistive equipment, such as a wheelchair or crutches
These are just a few examples of the types of costs associated with injuries sustained in a drunk driving accident. Our personal injury lawyers help clients like you every day. Knowing your case is in good hands results in the peace of mind you need to focus on your recovery.
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How Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. Fight for Compensation
Our legal team works hard to secure favorable outcomes for our clients. We are unafraid to take on insurance companies that try to deny or delay your civil claim.
Some of the services that we provide include:
- Keeping you updated on your case’s progress
- Identifying the party (or parties) responsible for your accident
- Handling all communications with the negligent party, their insurance company, and legal representatives
- Gathering evidence that assigns fault
- Determining a value for your expenses
Let the Hicksville drunk driving accident lawyers at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. protect your best interests. We understand what a traumatic time this is for you. While we aggressively pursue fair compensation on your behalf, we treat all our clients with compassion and respect.
Do Not Speak with Insurers Without Representation
One piece of general advice we offer to auto accident injury victims is that it is best not to speak directly with the insurance company of the drunk driver who caused your injuries. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses interested in protecting their bottom line. They are more interested in their profit than your wellbeing. They may even offer an early settlement to end your claim and your rights to any further or future money recovery. If they offer you a settlement, do not accept it. It is worth repeating, by accepting an early, directly communicated settlement offer from an insurer, you lose your right to pursue possible compensation later should your medical condition worsen. Furthermore, in almost all cases, they will offer an amount that is far less than the potential value of your case in the hope that you simply won’t know they are underpaying and that you will be eager to accept their low-offer to eliminate stress and, “just be done with it.”
Your time of physical pain and financial stress leaves no room for dealing with insurance companies. Trying to negotiate on your own often results in more complications than it’s worth. Insurance companies are very skilled at what they do. Our team is familiar with the tactics these agencies use to deny or delay claims, and we work tirelessly to counteract these strategies. We will deal with the insurance companies, fighting for your best interests, as you focus on the quiet, restful time needed to take your medical treatments and recover from your injuries.
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Call a Hicksville Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Today
You have a limited amount of time to take action on your Hicksville drunk driving accident case. The statute of limitations is a law that sets a strict timeline for filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Missing the legal deadline means you lose your chance to pursue compensation. When you retain our law firm, we make sure deadlines are met so you don’t have to worry about it.
If you experienced serious harm or lost a close loved one due to a drunk driver, call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. for a free case evaluation at (516) 932-0400. There is no fee unless we collect compensation for you. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you.