Two people, both 22, from Brooklyn, were injured in a New York car accident, which officials say, was caused by a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in Lohud.com, the suspected driver slammed head-on into another car that was carrying the victims on New Hempstead Road. The suspect was driving his 1994 BMW northbound but crossed into the southbound lanes hitting the victims’ Honda Accord. The victims were transported and treated for their injuries. Police reported the victims did not suffer life-threatening injuries. The suspect fled the accident scene on foot. Police searched the area, found the suspect, and arrested him. The man was also charged with felony unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and second-degree vehicular assault.
New York saw more than 700 deaths in 2009 because of people drinking and driving, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). There were nearly 1,400 fatal alcohol-related car accidents in 2009 nationwide. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), anyone with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher is considered a drunken driver. Someone driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent is four times more likely to cause an accident. A driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .16 is 25 more likely to cause a crash. New York law also says it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident.
Those injured in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver may be entitled to compensation including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and past and future pain and suffering. If a drunk driver or hit-and-run driver is uninsured or underinsured, victims can seek compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of their own auto insurance policies. A knowledgeable Brooklyn personal injury attorney will be able to advise victims of drunk driving accidents about their legal rights and options.
The experienced New York personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm help victims of drunk drivers obtain fair compensation for their injuries, damages or losses. If you or a loved has been injured in a New York accident, please call our offices at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.
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