The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that there are more than 10,000 fatal car accidents caused by drunk drivers each year, with hundreds of nonfatal crashes happening every day. Drunk driving is a huge problem in America, and updated traffic laws are not enough to bring it to an end. Legal action against drunk drivers needs to be taken by everyone who is hurt by them. Not only will this help send a message to drivers and insurers that greater responsibility must be taken when on the road, but it will also help more people get the compensation they deserve for crashes that were not their fault.
Basch & Keegan LLP would like to assist you if you have been in a drunk driving accident that was not your fault and now want to seek the compensation you need to recover as best you can. Our Albany drunk driving accident lawyers have decades of collective experience, and our firm was founded in 1987, so you know you can trust us with your case. Even though we have worked with thousands and thousands of clients, we take pride in still handling each case with a personalized approach.
The bottom line of a drunk driving accident claim is that you are owed compensation and in a certain amount. What you are owed depends on varying factors, though, like the severity of your injuries, your regular income, liability assignments, and more. Using our vast legal experience, we can help carefully calculate all of your damages to pursue the maximum amount possible given the circumstances.
A drunk driver might owe you the following damages and more:
After a drunk driving accident, the police should have arrived to help get control of the situation. The evidence that the police gathered could be instrumental in proving that the other driver was fully liable for the crash. Let our Albany drunk driving accident attorneys know if any police officers showed up, and we can find the precinct or department that handled the case.
Police-related evidence that could help with your drunk driving accident claim include:
Commonly, defendants in drunk driving accident claims will try to argue that they were not drunk at the time of the crash, they were only “buzzed.” Although this defense could be enough to defeat an unprepared claim or lawsuit, our attorneys find it to be weak because buzzed driving is indistinguishable from drunk driving in terms of recklessness. A person who has had one drink of alcohol is just as unfit to drive as someone who has had two or more.
Alcohol affects the body in different ways each time it is consumed. Drinking the same can of beer one night could make you feel drunker the next, for example, due to fluctuations in your metabolism and overall health. The only safe bet is to assume that one drink is too much to safely drive. If the defendant admits to driving after drinking, then we can jump at the chance to use that to your full advantage.
Are you feeling exhausted already just thinking about having to deal with a drunk driver in and out of court? Give yourself the break you deserve by leaving your case up to Basch & Keegan, LLP in Albany. Our drunk driving accident lawyers would be proud to put our knowledge to good use for you and your family.