Driving while intoxicated puts the driver, passengers, and other motorists at risk. If you have been injured in an accident caused by an alcohol-impaired driver, contact Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. Our Manhattan personal injury attorneys can help you hold the negligent driver accountable and pursue compensation for your injuries.
Why Choose Our Firm?
- At Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C., we handle all DWI accident cases on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no cost to you unless we win.
- We are committed to pursuing fair compensation for your injuries and will not settle your case for anything less.
- Our lawyers have more than 10 years of experience representing clients in New York City.
Alcohol-Impaired Driving Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 10,497 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2016.
- 62% (6,479) of these alcohol-related traffic deaths were drivers with blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of .08% or higher.
- 29% (3,070) were motor vehicle occupants.
- 9% (948) were non-occupants (pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.).
- Fatalities in alcohol-related accidents increased by 1.7% from 2015 to 2016.
- 214 children age 14 or younger died in alcohol-impaired driving accidents.
- New York had 283 DWI deaths involving drivers with BAC of .08% or higher, representing 28% of all traffic fatalities.
- 190 New York traffic fatalities occurred in crashes involving drivers with BAC of .15% or higher, representing 18% of all traffic deaths.
Criminal and Civil DWI Cases
When a drunk driver causes an accident and injuries, criminal and civil cases may overlap. Evidence collected in the criminal prosecution of a drunk driver can help establish fault in a civil claim for compensation, including:
- Field sobriety tests
- Breath or blood tests
- Witness statements
What Makes Driving Under the Influence So Dangerous?
Alcohol affects the ability of the brain to process information, to make judgments, and to rapidly control the muscles needed in a response to various driving situations. All the above abilities are essential to the safe operation of a motor vehicle. It is illegal to drive in New York with BAC of:
- .08% or higher for people age 21 and older
- .04% for drivers with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) while driving a commercial vehicle
- .02% for drivers under the age of 21
Recovering Compensation after a DWI Accident
New York is a no-fault state. If you have been hurt in a crash caused by a drunk driver, you may file a claim with your own insurance company for economic losses caused by the accident, including medical expenses and lost wages, without showing that anyone else was at fault.
You may seek recovery from the negligent driver’s insurance company if your economic losses exceed $50,000 (minimum liability coverage required in New York). You may also seek noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering, if you suffered a serious injury, including:
- Loss of the use of an organ or limb
- Wrongful death of a loved one
- January, 2019: A thirty-one year old pedestrian was struck by a drunk driver in Brooklyn, New York City. The driver of the auto was charged with driving while ability impaired and refusing to take a breath test. Police allege that the driver of the vehicle that hit the pedestrian smelled of alcohol.
Contact Us after a DWI Accident
If you have been seriously hurt or lost a loved one in a traffic crash caused by a drunk driver, call Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. for the experienced legal representation you need. We serve Manhattan and NYC, representing people injured in DWI accidents. Our personal injury attorneys are committed to aggressively pursuing fair compensation for your injuries.