Take Back Control of Your Life after Becoming the Victim in a Drunk Driving Accident
New York, like all states, is plagued by drunk driving accidents, causing needless pain, suffering, and sometimes death for innocent victims. In 2012, drunk driving deaths accounted for 29 % of all traffic deaths in New York – a 4.9 % increase from 2011. The CDC reported that U.S. adults got drunk and drove about 112 million times in 2010.
According to an article written by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration entitled, “Traffic Stop and You: Improving Communications between Citizens and Law Enforcement” published in March 2001, one in three people on average will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.
Whether you were a driver, a passenger in another vehicle, a passenger in the car with the drunk driver, or a pedestrian involved in an accident with a drunk driver or driver under the influence, commonly referred to as DUI/DWI accident – you deserve to fully recover fair compensation for your injuries. Our lawyers at TonaLaw will protect your rights. We represent victims throughout New York who were innocently injured by negligent drunk drivers.
You Have a Right to Compensation
According to New York State law, victims have the right to file suit against drunk drivers who cause injury resulting from:
- Multiple-car accidents caused by failure to use appropriate caution, failure to recognize or obey traffic signs or signals, speeding, or inability to properly control a vehicle.
- Single-car accidents caused by drivers running off the road, losing control or failing to maintain safe distances or abide by traffic signs, signals, or markers.
- Accidents involving pedestrians.
Our accident lawyers at TonaLaw understand these rights along with the many important layers of legal processes related to drunk driving accident cases. We fight to help you recover the compensation rightfully owed under the law.
What to Do if You Have Been Hit by a Drunk Driver or Hurt as a Passenger
If you have been struck by a vehicle operated by a suspected drunk driver or are a passenger in a vehicle when an intoxicated driver crashed, you should take immediate steps to protect your health, safety, and legal rights.
First, evaluate the medical state of yourself and everyone around you before dialing 911. Request a police officer to come to the scene of the accident, and ask for an ambulance for anyone who is hurt, including yourself.
While waiting for emergency personnel, document your injuries and the state of the accident to the best of your ability. Take photos of the damage and the accident scene. Capture statements and contact information from all nearby witnesses. However, if you are too hurt to move, simply rest while waiting for help to arrive.
When police arrive, be sure to mention signs and symptoms that the at-fault driver had been drinking in excess. Ideally, the police officer will perform a field sobriety and/or breathalyzer test to confirm that the driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Do not refuse emergency medical attention if you have been injured. Your injuries may be more severe than you think because the initial shock can make symptoms harder to feel.
At the hospital, report all of your symptoms as well as the circumstances of your crash. The type of crash you were in can give medical professionals hints as to what conditions you may have. Rear-end collisions have a high chance of causing soft tissue neck injuries known as whiplash, for instance.
Keep a copy of all of your medical evaluation results and bills.
Contact an experienced drunk driving accident attorney in Long Island as soon as you can. They will assist you with filing an insurance claim or, if need be, a lawsuit to help you recover all of your financial losses that resulted from the accident.
We Will Fight for You and Your Loved Ones
Our attorneys and support staff at TonaLaw provide legal services for all victims injured due the negligence of drunk drivers throughout Long Island, New York City and New York State. We handle a wide variety of personal injury claims against drunk drivers, including, but not limited to:
- Sprains or strains
- Serious and catastrophic injuries
- Brain or spinal cord damage
- Broken bones
- Amputation or loss of limb
The TonaLaw Advantage
At TonaLaw, we are a client first practice. Our attorneys and support staff utilize our extensive legal experience and litigation acumen to represent personal injury clients aggressively, always seeking all remedies available to our clients under the law.
TonaLaw is a no fee Long Island Personal Injury law firm – We get paid when we win your case!
If you or a loved one are suffering from an injury during a drunk driving accident due to the negligence of another, contact us today at (631) 780-5355 or toll-free at 1-833-TONALAW or by filling in the form below.