Although most people know that driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a crime that endangers everyone else on the road, drunk driving is still the leading cause of injury and death on America’s roadways, according to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD).
You did not choose to be hurt by a drunk driver. You do have the choice to hire a New York drunk driving accident lawyer who will protect your rights and seek compensation on your behalf.
Our lawyers fight for compensation from insurance companies who try to deny or undervalue your claim. If we cannot reach an acceptable settlement, we will take your case to court. You pay nothing up front and we are paid only if we successfully obtain a financial award.
Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at 800-959-1444 for a free case review with a member of our firm. We help clients recover compensation and we would be honored to help you.
Why We Recommend That You Consult with a Lawyer Right Away
If you were taken from the accident site by ambulance and are facing an extensive recovery, you may not be thinking about collecting evidence, filing insurance claims, or taking legal action.
Unfortunately, the other party and the insurance company might already be hard at work to find ways to avoid paying you for injuries from an accident that you did not cause.
We recommend that you connect with a New York drunk driving accident lawyer as soon as possible for this reason and several others, including:
- You have only three years from the date you suffered injuries to file a personal injury lawsuit, according to the New York Civil Practice Law Section 214.
- It is important to collect evidence while it is readily available, and to interview witnesses before memories fade.
- It takes time to collect the medical and financial information to valuate your damages.
We invite you to contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC today for a free case review.
Please Talk to Us Before the Insurance Adjuster
If you know anything about insurance companies, you know that they often look for excuses to avoid paying claims, particularly if they represent the other party. You have the right to speak with a lawyer with Ben Crump Law, PLLC before you accept a call from the insurance adjuster.
It is your legal right to:
- Politely decline to answer their questions or make any statements by telephone or in person.
- Answer questions with a written statement after you speak to a lawyer.
- Have a lawyer represent you in written, electronic, telephone, or in-person communication with the insurance company or lawyer for the other party.
The last thing you need after being injured by a drunk driver is to deal with the insurance company or at-fault party. Let us relieve you of the many details and pursue compensation while you focus on getting better.
For a free legal consultation with a drunk driving accidents lawyer serving New York, call 800-598-7557
We Accept Many Types of Drunk Driving Accidents
According to MADD, someone in America is injured in a drunk driving accident every two seconds. A life is lost to drunk driving accidents every 51 minutes.
We may be able to help you if you were in an accident caused by a drunk driver, including:
- Rear-end collisions
- Head-on collisions
- Hit and run accidents
- Motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian accidents
- Failure to yield
Our legal team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC knows how catastrophic the impact of a drunk driving accident can be on your physical, emotional, and financial well-being.
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We Collect Evidence and Identify Liable Parties
Sometimes it is difficult to determine who is at fault in a car accident. However, if the other party was identified by law enforcement as legally intoxicated per the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, that may be enough evidence by itself for you to pursue damages.
In addition to blood alcohol content (BAC) test results, a lawyer with our firm will also collect evidence that might include:
- Photos or videos of the accident site, skid marks, broken glass, accident debris, and your damaged vehicle.
- Witness statements.
- Police and accident reports.
- Medical tests and testimony from your doctor about the severity and extent of your injuries.
A New York drunk driving accident lawyer may identify additional liable parties. For example, if the drunk driver who caused the accident was driving a company car, you may be entitled to compensation from his or her employer.
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
A driver with a BAC of .08 or higher is considered legally intoxicated. Drunk drivers may face criminal charges, but this does not affect your right to file a personal injury lawsuit and pursue compensation.
Your Right to Recover Compensation
New York State has a No-fault Insurance Law for motor vehicle accidents that requires all licensed drivers to carry a minimum amount of insurance. Your own insurance will cover up to $50,000 of certain costs related to your injuries, regardless of who caused the accident.
However, these no-fault benefits only cover medical costs for physical injuries and lost pay during the time you are recovering from these injuries.
An attorney with Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help you recover additional damages which may include:
- Property damage
- Non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, or diminished quality of life
- Compensation for injuries that meet the state’s threshold for severity, such as disability or disfigurement
New York’s insurance, liability, and negligence laws are complex. A lawyer with our firm will be your legal advocate to make sure that your rights are protected and fully exercised within these statutory guidelines.
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New York Statute of Limitations on Car Accidents
If you were the victim of a drunk driving accident in New York, you have three years from the date of your injury to recover compensation under statute of limitations New York Civil Practice Law & Rules section 214.
Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC for help building your case. We can make sure you get your case filed in time to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Reach out to a member of our team today at 800-959-1444. We can give you a free, no-obligation consultation to see if you are still within the time frame to file your lawsuit.
Let Ben Crump Law, PLLC Help
We understand that being injured in a drunk driving accident is painful and chaotic. A New York drunk driving accident lawyer may be able to recover financial awards on your behalf. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC for a free consultation with a team member: 800-959-1444.