The partners and staff of Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, LLP would like to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July holiday weekend! It is an unfortunate truth that the incidents of drunk driving in New York increase during holiday weekends such as the 4th of July. Please be careful and responsible so you that and your family and everyone else can have a safe and fun holiday.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly one-third of all fatal auto accidents are caused by impaired driving. Accidents caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs are often very serious because drunk drivers tend to speed, weave into other lanes and miss traffic signals.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal in New York and comes with stiff penalties, such as fines and jail time. Unfortunately drivers who violate the law by operating vehicles while intoxicated are not the only people affected by their criminal behavior. Unfortunately, intoxicated individuals adversely affect others when they choose to get behind the wheel of a car. New York had 315 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in 2011 alone. Due to the fact that driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal, getting behind the wheel of a car following the consumption of alcoholic beverages can constitute a negligent action. Accidents involving drunk drivers often involve serious or catastrophic injuries, and in some cases prove fatal.
If you have been involved in an accident with a drunk driver, you may have legal recourse. For a free, no obligation consultation, call 212-406-1700 or fill out our online case review form. Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool take all cases on a contingent fee basis, meaning there is no charge unless we secure you a monetary recovery.