Financial Compensation For People Hit by Drunk Drivers in New York
Hi, I’m attorney Laurence Banville. At Banville Law, our personal injury lawyers represent drunk driving injury victims and the families of those killed by drunk drivers. Here is some general information about the legal options available to these victims and families in the state of New York:
Regardless of which state you’re in, if you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, you likely have a case for a personal injury lawsuit against that driver. However, in New York and many other states, your legal options don’t always end here. Depending on the circumstances of the crash, you may also have grounds for a lawsuit against an alcohol vendor, such as a bar or nightclub, that served the driver prior to the crash.
These lawsuits against alcohol vendors are known as “dram shop” claims. According to New York state law, you may have grounds for a dram shop claim against a party who provided alcohol to the drunk driver if the driver was either:
- Under the age of 21, or
- Visibly intoxicated at the time the alcohol was provided to them, and
- The sale of that alcohol caused or contributed to the driver’s intoxication.
Each drunk driving injury case is unique. In order to gain a better understanding of your legal options after being hit by a drunk driver in New York, we advise discussing your case with an experienced drunk driving injury lawyer.
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