Drunk Driving Accident
The price paid by victims of a drunk driving accident is often heartbreaking. You can’t put a price tag on life, after all; and even in cases when lives can be spared, there are the prospects of a greatly reduced quality of life for you or a family member injured by a drunk driver’s negligence at the wheel. Behind every drunk driving statistic, there was once a person who laughed, lived, loved and was loved.
That is why the Long Island DUI accident attorneys of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye are committed to advocating on behalf of victims of alcohol-related crashes. You don’t have to be a voiceless victim. By speaking out, you may spare others the same senseless tragedy. You’ll also ensure you’re given the most resources possible to recover in the wake of a serious accident.
When the time is right, our Nassau and Suffolk car accident lawyers are here to pursue the financial relief you deserve and to make your case heard on behalf of other endangered lives.
Long Island drunk driving statistics
Someone dies in a DUI crash every 53 minutes in this country. Someone is injured in this same preventable crime every 90 seconds. Almost one out of every three traffic accidents can be attributed to drunk driving. Worse yet, repeat offenders account for about one-third of drunk-driving-related arrests, crashes, deaths and injuries.
Considered cumulatively, these statistics are even more sobering. The year 2012, for example, saw 10,322 persons killed in drunk driving accidents and approximately 345,000 injured.
These national statistics largely ring true in the state of New York, too, where about 30 percent of traffic deaths have been attributed to drunk driving in a given year.
On Long Island, drunk driving statistics continue to alarm. From 2010 to 2012, 3,561 DUI crashes were reported in Suffolk County, the most of any county in NY State. Nassau County reported 2,366 alcohol-related accidents over the same time period. By zip code, the most DUI accidents occurred in Brentwood, with 132.
A perfect storm of factors may contribute to the epidemic of drunk driving on Long Island, including a large number of vehicles (Suffolk has the most number of car registrations in New York), limited options for mass transit, a proliferation of restaurants and bars, and a culture of acceptance when it comes to driving drunk. Enhanced police patrols targeting known trouble areas for alcohol-related accidents, along with DWI checkpoints, have helped to increase DUI arrest numbers on Long Island, and harsher criminal penalties have curtailed drunk driving figures from their 1980s peak.
The problem still persists, though: In 2013, county police reported 548 alcohol-related crashes in Nassau, with 26 fatalities. The only county in NY State to have more DUI accidents in 2013 was Suffolk, with 853, of which 51 were fatal.
Leandra’s Law seeks to keep children safe
Since 2009, Leandra’s Law has made it a felony to drive drunk with a child passenger on board and requires all convicted drunk drivers to have ignition interlocks.
It’s possible that such legislation may be one reason why the state of New York has one of the lowest rates of child death due to drunk driving; but laws like this one have not entirely prevented the inevitable pathos behind sad, local headlines like the following:
- “11-year-old Brooklyn boy in drunk driving crash dies of injuries”
- “Woman Hits, Kills Dad Who Didn’t Want Her to Drive”
- “Drunk Driver Who Killed Man To Serve 120 Days in Jail”
- “Sleeping Teen Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver”
- “Drunk, Speeding Mom Killed 2 Sons in Crash: Cops”
Drunk driving in New York—penalties & punishments
Drunk driving is defined as driving with a blood-alcohol content that exceeds the legal limit of .08 percent. For drivers younger than 21, the legal limit is only .02 percent. In New York this means that you can be cited with a DWI (“Driving While Intoxicated”), also known as a DUI (“Driving Under the Influence”), regardless of whether or not your drinking has actually impaired your driving ability.
New York law further states that by virtue of stepping behind a wheel, you are giving your consent to be tested for your blood-alcohol levels. Failing to comply with a breathalyzer or blood test can forfeit you your license for at least a year, if not more, depending on whether the offense is your first, second or third.
DWIs in New York elicit the following jail penalties:
- None for a first offense
- 5 days in jail or 30 days of community service for a second offense
- 10 days in jail or 60 days of community service for a third offense
Drunk driving victims may be eligible for compensation
If you or a loved one has suffered serious, life-threatening injuries because of a drunk driving accident on Long Island, these standard penalties for drunk driving will seem trivial in comparison to the losses you have sustained. Thankfully, as a victim you have civil and criminal recourse under the law.
As a plaintiff, you can bring a personal injury lawsuit against the offender, with the help of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye as your representation. We will help you to prove that the drunk driving of the offending driver caused your injuries and earns you compensation.
To prove liability in a New York DUI accident case, you will need to show:
- That at the time of the crash the other driver was indeed drunk, thereby violating his/her legally required duty to show reasonable care on the road and in relation to you, the plaintiff
- That this breach of duty caused your injuries
- That these injuries resulted in actual physical and/or financial damages to you, which require compensation
DUI accident lawyers Long Island trusts
Compensation to drunk driving victims in NY can be generous, and depends on the nature of one’s injuries and the specifics of the case. Dozens of multi-million dollar settlements have been negotiated in New York, awarding victims of drunk driving a new lease on life.
If you or a loved one has been hurt or tragically killed in a DUI accident in Suffolk, Nassau, or NYC, don’t hesitate to drop us a line and schedule your free consultation with one of our car accident attorneys: call 1-800-469-7429.
- NBC, I-Team: Suffolk County Has Most Alcohol-Related Crashes in State, http://www.nbcnewyork.com/investigations/Alcohol-Related-Crashes-Suffolk-County-NY-Records-Drunk-Drivers-245217931.html
- NEW YORK STATE ALCOHOL-RELATED CRASH DATA BY COUNTY 2013, http://www.safeny.ny.gov/13data/NYS2013_Alc_CrashClassbyCountywithk&Inj.pdf
- New York Daily News, “11-year-old Brooklyn boy in drunk driving crash dies of injuries,” http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/brooklyn-boy-drunk-driving-crash-dies-article-1.1732099
- MADD, “Victim Services,” http://www.madd.org/victim-services/
- Reuters, “Drunk driving crashes involving child deaths vary state by state,” http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/05/us-child-death-drinking-driving-idUSKBN0DL0O320140505