According to Patch.com, on August 30th around 11 p.m., a motorcyclist was traveling down Clinton Street near Burr Avenue in Hempstead, NY. At the same time, Darwin Velasquez was driving on Burr Avenue making a left turn.
Velasquez then crashed into the motorcyclist. The victim died from the crash. Velasquez sustained minor injuries.
Velasquez was allegedly driving under the influence at the time of the accident. He was arrested for second-degree vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated, and other related charges.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville represents victims of drunk driving accidents in New York and helps them recover the financial compensation they deserve. Laurence has offered to share some information on the legal options available to drunk driving crash victims in the state of New York:
All states allow victims injured in drunk driving accidents to file direct lawsuits against the driver. However, this may not be the only legal option available to these victims. In addition to a personal injury lawsuit, some states have dram shop laws that allow victims to file a lawsuit against the alcohol vendor that sold alcohol to the driver prior to the crash.
According to New York dram shop laws, an alcohol vendor or social host can be sued in a dram shop lawsuit if they provided alcohol to someone who was either under 21 years old or visibly intoxicated and then that person went on to cause injuries due to intoxication.