Do I Face Legal Challenges if I Suffer Injuries in a New York Car Accident Caused by a Drunk Driver?
Legal concerns can become more complex when the party responsible for your injuries also faces criminal charges. But the unfortunate truth is that New York car accident attorneys deal with DWI accidents more frequently than anyone would like. With experienced legal support to protect your rights, you can still effectively pursue compensation for your injuries.
As explained in the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Driver’s Manual, New York takes virtually any type of intoxicated or impaired driving very seriously. Even first offenders face misdemeanor charges that can potentially result in a jail sentence. And repeat offenders may face felony charges. As you might expect, taking legal action against an individual dealing with criminal charges can add certain challenges when pursuing compensation for your injuries.
An experienced New York automobile accident lawyer knows how to work within the legal system to coordinate your claim with any criminal actions against the person liable for your accident. And, your attorney can potentially use a criminal conviction as evidence for your injury claim because the rules of evidence in criminal cases are more strict than for civil cases. However, even an acquittal does not bar your ability to obtain a settlement or award for your case. In fact, your attorney may have the ability to use evidence in civil courts that criminal courts might not permit.
If you suffer injuries due to the negligence of a drunk driver, do not allow concerns about a complicated case stop you from pursuing the compensation you deserve. It costs nothing to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced attorney at Rich & Rich, P.C. We have a proven track record supporting the rights of individuals injured in a wide array of accidents. We conduct thorough investigations, acquiring medical records and police accident reports, obtaining and preserving evidence such as photographs and witness statements and securing expert witness opinions to win your case. Call us at 646-736-3999 to learn how we can help.