New York Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
Drunk driving is a serious and violent problem in the United States. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration estimates that, every two minutes, an individual is injured in a crash caused by drunk driving, with 28 individuals a day dying as a result of drunk driving. Additionally, 66% of all US citizens will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. Being in an accident with a drunk driver can lead to expensive medical costs, costs of repairing your vehicle, and lost work. Not only is that drunk driver likely going to be subjected to criminal charges; you can bring a lawsuit against that driver in civil court. An experienced drunk driving accident lawyer at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello can help ensure that you are compensated fully for your losses as a result of a drunk driving crash.
Dangers Posed by Drunk Drivers
Unlike accidents with reckless but sober individuals, drunk drivers are even more dangerous on the road.
- Drunk drivers lack awareness of their surroundings, and the other drivers present, due to their dulled senses and reflexes.
- Drunk driving crashes are more likely to occur at high rates of speed, as an intoxicated person is less likely to react to seeing another driver or pedestrian in their path in time to apply their brakes.
- Drunk drivers are more likely to take unexpectedly dangerous maneuvers, such as driving the wrong way down a divided highway, or driving at full speed through a red light.
Damages You May Be Owed After a Drunk Driving Crash
If you’re the victim of a drunk driver, you may be entitled to a number of forms of recovery under New York law, to ensure you’re made whole after the crash. For example, you may recover for past and future income lost due to your injuries, emotional distress, property damage, medical expenses, or the wrongful death of a loved one. Additionally, if the court finds that the driver acted with deliberate indifference to the safety of others when driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you may be able to recover punitive damages from the drunk driver, intended not just to compensate you, but to punish that driver for their behavior.
The lawyers at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello have been pursuing claims on behalf of car accident and drunk driving victims for years. Their knowledge of New York law, trial advocacy techniques, use of expert testimony, evidence and witness gathering, and settlement negotiations mean that you have the best possible chances of a complete recovery for your injuries, expenses, and pain and suffering.
From anywhere in the Hudson Valley, contact a drunk driving accident lawyer at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello for a free consultation, at 845-331-4100 for our Kingston office or 845-236-4411 for our office in Marlboro.