When an insurance company is quick to offer a settlement, it usually means that the injury claim is worth much more. This is especially true in accidents caused by drunk drivers. You could be entitled to additional compensation for the driver’s recklessness and you may have claims against those who provided the alcohol.
Accidents involving drunk drivers commonly result in death or severe or permanent injuries. In fact, fully 32 percent of fatal car crashes in the U.S. involve intoxication, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Alcohol impairment may cause a driver to drive a higher, unsafe speed, delay braking, weave over the centerline or run lights or stop signs. Alcohol impairs a driver’s judgment, self-control, response time and muscle coordination, making safe driving impossible.
If you or a loved one has been injured by the actions of a drunk driver, don’t settle for less. Speak to a Long Island DWI lawyer today for a free consultation.
Whether the injuries are major or minor, you probably have a right to sue for much more than the insurance company offers. However, the fact that the driver was drunk does not automatically equate to more compensation. For example, many car insurance policies specifically exclude liability for intoxicated driving.
You need an personal injury attorney who understands how to use the driver’s intoxication to your advantage with regard to negotiating the terms of a settlement. Trial lawyers Richard Jaffe and Stephen Cohen and our skilled associates have 100-plus years of combined experience in motor vehicle accident litigation, including cases involving drunk drivers. They know how to maximize your recovery of damages, including:
Some states, including New York, have adopted dram shop laws, which are written to prevent the sale of alcohol to minors and those who are already dangerously intoxicated. If a bar, restaurant or other establishment serves alcohol to such patrons who go on to cause a drunk-driving accident, the bar or restaurant may also be held liable.
If you were injured by an underage drunk driver, or by someone who ought not to have been served alcohol, you may have a case based on dram shop law.
A DWI accident is a tragedy, but it doesn’t have to leave you the victim. The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, will vigorously pursue every available dollar of compensation. We also help clients with the immediate concerns and hardships created by a personal injury accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured by the actions of a drunk driver, don’t settle for less. The bigger the potential damages, the more likely that an insurance adjuster will try to settle it quickly. Don’t sell your claim short, or even give a statement.
Call our Long Island law firm or contact us online now. Our Long Island drunk driving accident lawyers offer a free case evaluation, and we can come to you.