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Drunk Driver Wreaks Chaos in Long Island

cocktail and keysIn a scene straight out of a made for TV movie, a 26 year old man, Jonathan Moore, triggered a wild midnight chain of events when he drove his vehicle into two other cars on the Long Island Expressway in Holtsville, allegedly after he’d been drinking.

What might have ended there was only the beginning as the man bolted from his car and took off on foot dashing across the south service road of the highway. A passerby took off after him on foot and was struck by a van on the service road as he attempted to follow the driver.

Seeing some tractor trailers in the yard of Pride Solvents and Chemicals on Long Island Avenue, Moore climbed the fence, commandeered a truck that had keys in the ignition, and smashed through the locked gate in a brazen getaway attempt.

Moore fled in the tractor trailer and made it for seven miles before losing control on Route 112 in Patchogue and crashing. Not done yet,  Moore saw a nearby used car dealership on 112 and broke into the premises by punching his hand through the glass. He broke down a door and ransacked the dealership office trying unsuccessfully to find keys for one of the cars, according to police. He tried again to flee on foot but was finally caught by police. Moore suffered a few injuries from his exploits and was taken to a local hospital and treated. The passerby who initially chased Moore on foot was not so lucky and suffered a serious leg injury when he was hit by the passing van.

Moore’s escapades have put him in serious legal trouble. He faces multiple charges including grand larceny, criminal mischief, burglary, driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident, according to police.

At Moore’s arraignment, his attorney said that Moore was remorseful about anyone injured in the incident. The judge, however, was not moved and set bail for Moore at $85,000.

Serious risk driving in Suffolk County

From 2010 to 2012, Suffolk County led New York State in the number of alcohol-related crashes with 3,561 DUI accidents. In the same period, Nassau County had 2,366 DUI accidents.

In 2013, Nassau County had the second highest total of alcohol-related accidents of all counties in New York State with 548 DUI crashes and 26 deaths. And the #1 county in the state for most alcohol-related accidents in 2013? Suffolk County with 853 DUI accidents and 51 fatalities.

You are considered a drunk driver in New York State if your blood alcohol level is above .08%. If you are under 21, your maximum alcohol level to be considered sober must be less than .02%! This is harsh but effective. A  New York State driver’s license also carries the responsibility of having to submit to a breathalyzer test on demand. Failure to comply may result in the forfeiture of your license for a year.

You may be injured, but who is liable?

If you or a family member has been a victim of drunk driving in Long Island, you are likely entitled to compensation for your current and future medical expenses, current and future loss of income, and of course, emotional pain and suffering.

However, to prove liability in a New York DUI case, you will need to show:

  1. 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 in relation to you, the plaintiff.
  2. That this breach of duty to show reasonable care resulted in your injuries
  3. That these injuries resulted in actual physical and/or financial damages to you, which require compensation.

Long Island drunk driving accident lawyers

If you or a family member has suffered an injury in a collision with a drunk driver, you have every right to secure fair compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional pain and suffering. But you will need to call on the services of attorneys who have secured numerous multi-million dollar settlements for their clients.

Edleman, Krasin & Jaye offer skilled legal advice for anyone who has been involved in an accident with a drunk driver. Call 1-800-469-7429 to schedule a free consultation about your case. We’ll be able to assess the facts of the case and determine next steps. And don’t forget that if we take on your case and you are not successful in reaching a settlement or court award, you owe us nothing.