If you or a loved one were recently involved in an accident with an impaired driver, whether in New York or elsewhere, it has likely affected your life in several negative ways. Are you struggling physically or emotionally? Has it caused your family financial distress? The actions of a drunk driver can affect a lot of people, and the victims’ losses can be severe. Thankfully, the damages associated with a drunk driving-related accident may be compensable.
Those who drive while impaired do not think about the number of people they might hurt when they get behind the wheel. They don’t think about how their vehicle colliding with another will impact that person’s life or that individual’s family. They don’t think about the potential loss of life, the debilitating injuries, the depression or the monetary losses the victims and their families will endure. This lack of caring and concern for others is one of the reasons DUI-related accidents are so common.
Relief may be available to victims of drunk driving accidents. Compensable losses may be economic or non-economic in nature. Damages may be recoverable specifically for the victim’s losses — such as any physical or emotional suffering, medical expenses and lost wages — or for their family members’ losses — such as loss of future earnings or loss of companionship, among others. Every case is different. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to settlement terms in these cases.
If you have suffered losses because of the actions of a drunk driver, you do not have to bear them alone. With the right assistance, victims or — in the event of fatality — their surviving family members may seek maximum relief by filing claims in a New York civil court. For information about how an experienced attorney may be able to help you pursue such claims, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.