Impaired driving continues to be a major problem on our roadways that only seems to worsen around the holidays. In a report from CBS New York, the police reported that a 42-year old man was driving a 2009 Toyota northbound in the southbound lane of the William Floyd Parkway near Flintlock Drive at around 6:30 p.m. when he crashed into a 2004 Ford, a 2012 Volkswagen and a 2013 Ford traveling southbound in the same lane. The police also reported that the wrong-way driver was arrested and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Impaired by Drugs in the 1st Degree The extent of the injuries to the victims is not yet known.
Driving under the influence of drugs 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 under the influence of drugs are not the only people affected by their criminal behavior. Unfortunately, impaired individuals adversely affect others when they choose to get behind the wheel of a car. Due to the fact that driving under the influence of drugs is illegal, getting behind the wheel of a car following the ingestion of drugs can constitute a negligent action. Accidents involving impaired drivers often involve serious or catastrophic injuries, and in some cases prove fatal. Individuals who have suffered injuries after being involved in a car accident with an impaired driver may have grounds to file a lawsuit for any damages incurred. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our New York DUI accident lawyers have seen and understand the hardships that victims of drunk drivers can face. As a result, we are committed to using our resources to get our clients’ lives back on track by pursuing maximum compensation in court.
Have you or someone you loved suffered an injury in a car accident? Was the driver of the other vehicle impaired at the time of the accident? If so, you may have grounds to recoup compensation for any economic or non-economic damages caused by the accident. For a free review of your legal options, call 212-406-1700 or contact us online.