Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer in Rochester
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Have you or a loved one been injured in a car accident with a drunk driver? Are you struggling to keep up with the costs of medical expenses due to the inability to work? You may be entitled to recover compensation for your suffering by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. At King Law, our knowledgeable Rochester car accident attorneys can provide the advocacy you need to maximize your chances of recovering the compensation you deserve.
Having earned a National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 ranking and an “Excellent” Avvo Rating for our unparalleled advocacy, our attorneys have the passion and skills to protect your rights and ensure the responsible parties are held accountable for their actions. With nearly a decade of legal experience and a strong track record of success, we can handle the legal heavy lifting on your behalf so you can focus on your recovery with peace of mind.
Compensation for Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents
Drivers who choose to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% more in New York can be held liable for any damages they may cause in the event of an accident. If you were injured in a crash caused by a drunk driver, you may also be able to file a civil claim against both the driver and the establishment who served the intoxicated driver alcohol.
If successful, you may be able to recover compensation for the following:
Pain and suffering
Lost earning potential
In addition to the above compensatory damages, punitive damages can sometimes be awarded to punish the impaired driver and discourage others from engaging in similar behavior. If a loved one unfortunately passed away due to injuries sustained in a collision with an intoxicated motorist, additional damages for funeral expenses, lost future earnings, and loss of personal relationship can be sought by filing a concurrent wrongful death claim. Since compensation will vary on a case-by-case basis, it is important you contact our firm as soon as possible to determine your eligible compensation.
Dram Shop Claims in New York
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your crash, you may be able to file a claim against the party that provided the drunk driver with alcohol. Under New York’s Dram Shop Act, restaurants, bars, and other establishments that knowingly serve alcohol to an underage or “visibly intoxicated” person can be held partially liable for any damages the driver may cause in the event of a collision. A detailed investigation of the bar or club is crucial In order to prove dram shop liability in this type of case.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
Personal injury claims in New York must be filed within a certain amount of time in order to be valid. This time limit, known as a statute of limitations, allows victims of drunk driving accidents to file a civil claim against the responsible parties within three years of the date of the collision.
If a claim is being brought for wrongful death, however, a claim must be brought within two years from the date of death. If the applicable statute of limitations expires and you have not yet filed a claim, you may lose your right to seek compensation. Since filing the necessary paperwork with district courts can take months as it is, it is vital you act as soon as possible to ensure you remain compliant with all relevant legal deadlines.
We’ve Handled Hundreds of Cases
Nobody should have to deal with the consequences of a drunk driver’s actions on their own. At King Law, our Rochester personal injury lawyers understand your suffering and are prepared to go the distance to ensure your rights are upheld in a court of law. With compassionate advocacy and personalized attention, we can provide the strong legal support you need to help you get through this difficult time.