Forest Hills Drunk Driving Injury Attorneys
Millions Recovered for the Victims of Drunk Drivers
Drunk driving is never acceptable. However, despite the fact that New York has banned driving while intoxicated (DWI), or operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or more, regardless of intoxication level, many people still choose to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or taking drugs that impair their driving ability. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that nearly 30 people die every single day in the U.S. as a result of drunk driving accidents. This amounts to one person killed every 50 minutes.
If you or your loved one was involved in a drunk driving accident, you already know the immense devastation these accidents can cause. You are likely facing massive medical bills, compounded by lost wages from time taken off work to heal. You may even be dealing with the tragic loss of a loved one. Here at The Law Firm of Davidoff & Associates, we are truly sorry that you are going through this, and we want to help. Our experienced and respected Forest Hills drunk driving injury attorneys have helped numerous victims of serious car accidents in Queens and throughout New York, and we are ready to fight for you, too.
Who Is Liable for a Drunk Driving Accident?
Drunk driving is a form of negligence—a driver who operates a motor vehicle while intoxicated is making a choice to act recklessly and put others in danger. It may seem obvious that the drunk driver is the one who is liable for the accident. And, in fact, this is often true. Completely separate from any criminal proceedings that may occur, you may be able to take civil action against the drunk driver and seek compensation for your damages, such as medical bills, lost wages/income, pain and suffering, and more. However, the drunk driver may not be the only one liable for your damages.
Under New York laws, it is possible to hold certain other entities legally liable for damages arising from a drunk driving accident in certain circumstances. These include:
- When the drunk driver was overserved at a bar, restaurant, or similar establishment: You may be able to hold the establishment that overserved the drunk driver liable under New York’s dram shop liability laws if the establishment provided alcohol to a person who was visibly or apparently intoxicated or if it provided alcohol to someone under the age of 21.
- When the drunk driver was underaged: You can hold any person who served the underaged person alcohol liable under New York’s dram shop liability laws (if the person was served alcohol in a public establishment, such as a bar or restaurant) or New York’s social host liability laws (if the underaged person was provided alcohol at a private residence/home).
- When the drunk driver was a commercial vehicle driver who was on the clock: You may be able to hold the drunk driver’s employer liable if he or she was on the clock and had a BAC of more than 0.04% at the time of the accident. New York drunk driving laws for commercial vehicle operators are much stricter due to the fact that these drivers often operate large, heavy vehicles capable of causing massive damage in the event of a collision.
We Leave No Stone Unturned in Seeking All Forms of Compensation for You
Because New York is a “no-fault” state, your first course of action after a drunk driving accident will typically be to turn to your own insurance provider for compensation for your medical expenses and other economic losses. However, if your expenses exceed $50,000 or if you wish to pursue compensation for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, you can take action against the drunk driver and/or another liable party.
At The Law Firm of Davidoff & Associates, we understand that the consequences of a drunk driving accident are often immense and long-lasting. Your own insurance coverage may simply not be enough to cover the costs you have incurred. Our Forest Hills drunk driving accident attorneys are prepared to fully investigate your case to determine who is liable for your damages. From there, we can build a solid case supported by factual evidence of your injuries, required medical treatment, lost wages, and emotional trauma, among other damages, and seek the maximum compensation you are owed.
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In our years in practice, we have earned a reputation for being aggressive in our pursuit of justice on behalf of those injured by the negligence of others. When it comes to our clients, we offer both the representation of a large firm and the attention of a small, dedicated team. We truly care about our clients and are prepared to do everything in our power to help you secure the compensation you are owed so that you can focus on healing and moving forward with your life. With The Law Firm of Davidoff & Associates, you and your case are in good hands.
Wrongful Death from Motor Vehicle Accident $10,018,876
Settlement for a wrongful death resulting from a motor vehicle accident.
Pedestrian Accident Involving a School Bus $1,950,000
75-year-old woman crossing the street when struck by a school bus, sustaining a fractured skull with associated traumatic brain injury.
Motor Vehicle Accident from a Rear-End Collision $1,375,000
47-year-old warehouse worker involved in a rear-end collision. He suffered neck and back injuries requiring disc fusion surgery to his lower back.
Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Lower Back Injury $1,350,000
37-year-old woman, a homemaker, sustained a serious injury while driving her child from school. Among other injuries, she suffered an injury to her lower back, requiring surgery involving a discectomy with fusion.
Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting from Rear-End Collision $1,250,000
A 42-year-old construction worker was involved in rear-end collision in the Bronx. Among other injuries, he suffered neck, shoulder and back injuries, requiring multiple surgeries. The case has been resolved at the time of trial.
Pedestrian Accident While Crossing the Street $1,250,000
A 71-year-old woman, a secretary, was crossing the street when she was hit by a car. She sustained multiple injuries, including a fractured leg, requiring several surgeries. The case has been resolved during the discovery stage.
Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting from Rear-End Collision $1,100,000
A 71-year-old retired female involved in a rear-end collision. She sustained traumatic injuries to both shoulders and neck which necessitated disc fusion.
Motor Vehicle Accident Involving a Parked Car $1,000,000
The Highest Verdict in the State of New York obtained in a Summary Jury Trial. A 68-year-old male was loading groceries inside his parked vehicle when another vehicle collided with his car. Subsequently, the claimant required two procedures to repair his disabled left shoulder.
Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Neck & Back Injury $1,000,000
A 37-year-old stay-at-home mother/wife sustained a severe injury to her neck and back.
Motor Vehicle Accident Involving a Cab Driver $975,000
A 50-year-old female cab driver was stopped at the light when she was struck in the rear by a van. Among other injuries, she sustained a severe injury to her neck that required a multi-level disc fusion.
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