Drunk driving is a criminal offense, but victims of drunk driving accidents also have the right to take the intoxicated driver to civil court. By filing an auto liability insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver who caused your Levittown, NY, accident, a lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will help you pursue compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills and other losses.
Call (516) 932-0400 today for a free review of your drunk driving accident case. We take on cases related to accidents in Levittown and elsewhere on Long Island and throughout the greater New York City area.
Drunk Driving Accidents and Injuries in Levittown, NY
Driving after drinking or using drugs is dangerous because it seriously impairs the driver’s ability to react quickly, think clearly, and use good judgment. As a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) rises, it also affects muscle coordination and the ability to judge speed and distance and causes vision to become blurry. All of these things are an important part of driving safely and legally.
When a drunk driver gets behind the wheel, they could cause an accident that causes someone in another vehicle—or even a passenger in their own vehicle—to suffer significant injuries. The types of injuries that may result include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Burns and scarring
- Neck and back injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Internal injuries and internal bleeding
- Loss of a limb or loss of the use of a limb
These accidents are often deadly, as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s fact sheet about drunk driving in New York, about a third of all traffic deaths in the United States are caused by or otherwise involve an impaired driver.
Drunk driving deaths are somewhat lower in New York than in the United States as a whole. This could be related to the large number of people who use MTA New York City Transit, taxies, rideshares, and other forms of transportation instead of driving themselves. However, there are still very serious and deadly drunk driving accidents in the New York metropolitan area every year.
If you were a victim of a drunk driving accident in Levittown or elsewhere on Long Island or anywhere in the greater NYC area call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today at (516) 932-0400. Our initial consultation and case evaluations are always free.
For a free legal consultation with a drunk driving accident victim lawyer serving Levittown, call 516-932-0400
Holding a Drunk Driver Liable Through a Civil Case in NY
When our team takes on your Levittown drunk driving accident case, expect us to:
- Keep you updated on your case
- Identify liable parties
- Communicate with all parties for you
- Gather evidence
- Determine a value for your case
We will handle the legal aspects of your case, leaving you free to focus on your treatment and healing, but we are always available for a status update on your case. We will be busy identifying and collecting evidence to prove negligence and liability.
It is important to note that it is possible to recover compensation in a civil case without proving the driver was drunk. This means we could secure financial recovery in your civil case even if the driver never faces criminal charges.
As a part of putting a fair settlement value on your case, we work closely with expert witnesses who will testify about your prognosis, future care needs, and how your injuries affect you. Subject to the unique characteristics of a given case, the experts we call upon may include:
- Medical experts
- Vocational rehabilitation specialists
- Life care planners
We take on drunk driving accident cases on a contingency basis. You pay no out-of-pocket costs for our representation. Instead, we recover our fee when we reach a settlement, or you receive an award.
We have staff who will assist clients in Spanish, Greek, Bengali, Tamil, or Kannada if you are more comfortable discussing your case in your native language. We also meet with potential clients in locations that are easy for them, such as in Levittown, on Long Island, or elsewhere in the New York metropolitan area.
Call a Levittown drunk driving accident lawyer with Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today at (516) 932-0400 to learn more about how we will help you.
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Levittown, NY, Recoverable Damages in a Drunk Driving Case
Victims of drunk driving accidents recover compensation for their proven expenses and losses. This includes both documented economic losses and noneconomic losses. When we take on a drunk driving accident case, we calculate a fair settlement value for the client based on the facts of the case. If the insurance company of the at-fault party refuses to offer a settlement that compensates our client appropriately, we will, if indicated, present the case to a judge and jury at trial and fight to win the justice our client deserves.
Types of recoverable damages through an insurance settlement or award include:
- Current medical treatment and care expenses
- Future medical care costs for treatment of your injuries
- Ongoing rehabilitation and care costs
- Current lost wages and benefits
- Future lost wages and diminished earning capacity
- Repair or replacement of your vehicle
- Property damages you suffered in addition to your vehicle
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Diminished life enjoyment
- Wrongful death, if you suffered the loss of a beloved family member in the accident
Section 214 of New York’s Civil Practice Law & Rules limits us from waiting too long to file a civil case on your behalf. It is always best to get started on gathering evidence and building a compelling case to support your claim as soon as possible. Reach out to us as soon as possible and we will go to work for you.
Talk to a Levittown Drunk Driving Accident Attorney
If you were the victim of a drunk driver in Levittown or elsewhere in or around New York City, our Levittown drunk driving accident lawyers are here to help. We will build a strong case to support your insurance claim or civil lawsuit and represent you throughout the claims process.
Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today at (516) 932-0400 for your free case review. A member of our team wants to discuss your accident and injuries with you today.