Last Update: 7/13/2020
A 59-year-old male pedestrian was seriously injured after being hit by a suspected drunk driver in Johnstown, New York on Saturday night.
Police say the pedestrian was crossing the street near the intersection of North Comrie Avenue and Prindle Avenue when the driver’s vehicle struck him. He was rushed to Albany Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.
The driver, 32-year-old Micah Burch, was charged with DWI following the crash. This investigation remains ongoing.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville of Banville represents people who have been injured in crashes with drunk drivers, helping them recover the full financial compensation they are entitled to. Here are some thoughts Laurence gave The Legal Herald on the legal rights of those who have been injured by drunk drivers in the state of New York:
In New York and all other states, people may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit after being injured by a drunk driver. However, New York is also one of many states that allow these injured individuals to file dram shop lawsuits against alcohol vendors or social hosts in certain situations.
According to New York’s dram shop law, an alcohol vendor can be sued for injuries caused by a customer if the vendor knowingly caused the customer to be intoxicated by “unlawfully” providing them with alcohol. Generally speaking, this means a vendor can be sued if the customer was either under 21 years old or visibly intoxicated at the time the alcohol was provided.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, we advise discussing your case with an experienced drunk driving injury victims lawyer to learn more about your legal rights.