8 Injured, 1 Critically, in I-95 Accident Involving 2 Suspected Drunk Drivers
Two BMW drivers were arrested for allegedly driving drunk during a four-vehicle pileup that left eight people injured, one critically, on Interstate 95 in the Bronx on Sunday night.
Both BMWs were traveling northbound and allegedly speeding near the Baychester Avenue exit when a white BMW collided with a black Kia sedan. The Kia then careened into a Honda CRV and the Honda then crashed into a grey BMW.
The Kia driver suffered critical injuries in the crash. Seven others suffered minor injuries.
Both BMW drivers were charged with DWI and reckless driving. The first is 31-year-old Christopher Coats of Peekskill, who was driving the grey vehicle. The driver of the white vehicle is 23-year-old Jahmeik White of the Bronx.
Two lanes and an off-ramp of I-95 were blocked following the crash and delays continued into early Monday morning rush hour.
An investigation into this crash remains ongoing.
Legal Recourse for Drunk Driving Victims in New York
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps drunk driving crash victims and their families recover the full financial compensation they deserve through civil lawsuits. Here is some info from Brian on the legal options available to these families in New York:
Like many other states, New York gives residents the option to file two different types of lawsuits if they’re injured in an alcohol-related accident caused by someone else. The first is a personal injury lawsuit, which citizens of all states have the right to file. New York is also one of several states with dram shop laws, which allow alcohol vendors to be sued for alcohol-related accidents under certain circumstances.
New York’s dram shop law is part of section 11-101 of the New York General Obligations law. According to this law, victims of drunk driving crashes and other alcohol-related accidents may sue alcohol vendors if:
- The vendor provided alcohol to someone who was visibly intoxicated,
- Providing this alcohol was a cause or contributor to the person’s intoxication, and
- That person caused an alcohol-related accident and injuries due to their intoxication
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed after being struck by a drunk driver in New York, it’s important to be fully aware of your legal options. You can learn more about your right to financial compensation in a free consultation with one of our experienced DWI accident victims attorneys.