What do Sally Struthers, Justin Beiber, country singer Randy Travis, and most recently, Disney star Billy Unger have in common? They have all been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
When celebrities do this so casually, it may seem harmless. But New York drunk driver victim lawyers see the devastation that such reckless behavior causes.
In 2012, drunk driving caused nearly one third of all auto accident-related deaths in New York. And half of all drunk driving fatalities involve repeat offenders. The NY car accident attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye fight for the rights of those who have been injured or lost a loved one because of a drunk driver.
Victims of drunk driving accidents have options
Auto accidents caused by drunk drivers can change a life in an instant – besides death, they can also cause paralysis, traumatic brain injury, broken bones, back injuries, and too many other debilitating injuries to count. But with experienced lawyers like the attorneys at EKJ, victims may find the financial compensation they need to start down the road to physical and emotional recovery.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to recover for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of care and companionship of a loved one
- Lost wages
- Incidental expenses like travel for medical treatment
- Loss of the ability to participate in activities and hobbies
Proving damages in a drunk driving case
As in other types of personal injury claims, a plaintiff must be able to prove certain elements in able to recover any compensation. These elements include:
- Breach of a duty – showing that the defendant drunk driver did something that was unsafe toward passengers or other drivers on the road
- Damages – proving that the injuries suffered are a type that the law sees fit to compensate
- Proximate cause – establishing that the breach of duty caused the damages
Proving all of the elements can be complicated and the evidence can be difficult for a jury of non-lawyers and non-doctors to understand. That is why Edelman, Krasin & Jaye has built a support network of medical and financial experts to help you prove each necessary part of your case.
Help from New York drunk driver victim lawyers
The first step at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye is to come in for a free case review. If you have a claim, we will discuss the legal options you have and what to expect in a personal injury lawsuit and any criminal investigation that may be involved. We figure out if any other potential defendants, like bars who served the drunk driver alcohol, may also be liable for the injuries. We handle all aspects of the investigation and work with industry experts to build the most compelling case.
And you never pay an attorney fee up front – if we win your case, our fee comes out of the award or settlement. To learn more about your legal options, call 1-800-469-7429.