A person impaired by alcohol is legally accountable if he or she gets behind the wheel and causes or contributes to a serious accident. Under New York’s dram shop law, bars and restaurants can also be accountable for “refueling” a visibly intoxicated person prior to a drunk driving accident.
At the Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm, we know how heartbreaking it is to learn that a loved one’s severe injury or death was caused by someone’s selfish and reckless decision to drive drunk. Our verdicts and settlements over the past 20 years include many accidents caused by drivers under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Our experienced drunk driving accident lawyers will fight to hold all liable parties accountable for the devastation.
Raphaelson and Levine represent those injured by drunk drivers across New York City, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island. Contact us for a free consultation.
Alcohol or drugs impair a driver’s judgment and senses. That driver will have slower reactions or maybe only marginally in control of the vehicle. Drunk drivers are more likely to drift into oncoming lanes, blow through red lights or stop signs, rear-end other cars or fail to hit the brakes in an accident. This often translates into greater injuries.
Our proven trial lawyers visit the crash scene to get a sense of what happened, and we trace the drunk driver’s activities leading up to the accident. We obtain police reports and toxicology reports, and we pursue statements from people who witnessed the crash or observed the person drinking prior to the crash.
Under New York’s dram shop statute, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, the owners or operators of bars, night clubs, restaurants or liquor stores cannot sell or serve alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person. If witnesses testify that the person was already drunk, the establishment can be held responsible to help the victim and his or her family recover for severe damages and serious injury caused by an intoxicated driver.
We pursue full damages from the drunk driver’s insurance and personal assets. If the driver was uninsured or under-insured, we pursue coverage under the victim’s policy. Punitive damages may apply in cases of extreme intoxication or reckless disregard, and we aggressively pursue dram shop liability where applicable.
Call Raphaelson & Levine at 212-268-3222 for a free consultation with our New York City drunk driver accident injury attorneys.