Driving under the influence (DUI) is a crime punishable by law. In 2016 alone, over one million people were arrested for driving under the influence, as stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, this does not mean that people charged with a DUI must have been driving at the time. Did …
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 30 people lose their lives in drunk driving accidents daily in the U.S. That equates to over 10,000 lives lost every year in DUI crashes.
When a drunk or intoxicated driver gets behind the wheel of a car, they can put others on the road in serious danger. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that alcohol may affect drivers by:
- Reducing their reaction time
- Decreasing their muscle coordination
- Impairing their ability to maintain their lane position
- Reducing their ability to control the speed of their vehicle
If you were hurt in a DUI crash, you may be able to recover compensation for your lost income, medical care, property damage, pain and suffering, and more in a personal injury lawsuit. If your loved one died in a DUI crash, you may be able to pursue compensation for a different set of damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.
A lawyer may be able to fight for compensation on your behalf in an insurance claim, settlement negotiations, or lawsuit.
Like many victims, you might have a plethora of questions about your case and your legal options. The FAQs on DUI crashes listed here may help you find answers about what steps you can take after being injured by a negligent driver.
If you or a member of your family were injured in a DUI crash, Morelli Law Firm may be able to represent you. We handle personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of our clients, and we take many cases on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payments required. Our services areas include:
- New York City
- Long Island
- New York State up to Albany
- Northern New Jersey
If you have further questions after browsing these FAQs, Morelli Law Firm invites you to call (212) 751-9800 for a complimentary, no-obligation consultation on your case with a member of our team.
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