Cars are moving weapons. With a reckless or intoxicated driver behind the wheel, these huge, fast moving vehicles, weighing tons and at the mercy of a drunk individual can have catastrophic results. Drunk drivers completely negligent in their regard to the safety of others on the road and can cause extreme accidents resulting in numerous injuries and in some very unfortunate cases, drunk drivers are the cause of an untimely death.
Every year, drunk drivers cause more than 350 deaths in New York and even more injuries are caused by collisions with intoxicated drivers. The state of New York estimates that about 36,578 people were arrested in 2010 alone for a driving under the influence violation. With staggering numbers such as this, it is easy (and incredibly unfortunate) to see that the risk of being hit by a drunk driver is relatively high. If you have been involved in a collision, or someone you love has been killed by a drunk driver, you have a right to receive the highest level of compensation that you so greatly deserve.
Those who have suffered a catastrophic injury in a drunk driving accident have the right to seek compensation through a civil claim when their injuries are the result of the negligent drunk driver. Drunk driving accidents are one of the most common types of car accidents that result in serious or fatal injuries, as the negligent driver tends to speed, swerve, drive recklessly or the wrong way, endangering innocent drivers and passengers that are in the wrong place at the wrong time. In cases of drunk driving injury accidents, the individual committed the wrongdoing must be held accountable and be forced to pay for all the damages that they caused to innocent victims.
This will include the medical bills and rehabilitation, future medical treatments and care, as well as loss of income from work and any future predicted economic losses that are a result of the injury. There are also non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering and mental anguish, physical impairment and disfigurement that will be addressed in our comprehensive claim that we file on your behalf. Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., takes on these cases with a determination to bring the responsible party to justice, seeking the maximum possible compensation for our client or their families.
State law requires that any injured victim acts quickly after an accident. You have a short period of time in which to file to recover compensation for damages. The first step in less serious injury cases is to file a No-Fault Application (NF-2) with your own insurer. You have only 30 days in which to file this form, and it is crucial that it is correctly filled out and sent within this time restriction. Our firm can help by immediately filing your forms for you. It is crucial for you claim to be filed with the correct insurance company, and when an injured individual asks for the form themselves, there can be some difficulty in receiving it in a timely manner. Our firm has extensive experience in these matters and will ensure that your forms are correct and that the right insurance company receives them.
When a serious injury has taken place in the drunk driving accident, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the liable party. The criteria for what is considered “serious” can be vague and those who are disabled by severe soft tissue injuries will need to have careful documentation of their injuries and damages they suffered. Our legal team has over 75 years of combined experience in filing claims against negligent drivers and an impressive record of success in court. We advise you to contact our firm at once if you have been the victim in a drunk driving accident so that we can initiate the action that will bring you financial relief. The earlier we are involved in your case, the better for you and your family. We can ensure that vital evidence is preserved, and will vigilantly protect your right to compensation.