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Even the safest driver can be struck by a drunk driver and suffer from serious life-threatening injuries – alcohol-related accidents account for nearly one-third of all car accidents in the country. Many of these accidents result from an intoxicated driver who has little to no regard for speed limits, safe lane changes, and the safety of the drivers with whom they are sharing the road.

If you’ve been injured in a drunk driving accident, your choice in representation can greatly impact the outcome of your case. At Scarzafava, Basdekis & Dadey, PLLC, we firmly believe that our clients should not be left to handle the emotional, physical, or financial consequences of sustaining injuries at their own accord. Our dedicated legal team is often referred to as “Lawyers for the People,” and we are backed by decades of legal experience.

Put a Tier One Metro Area Personal Injury Law Firm on your side today. Call Scarzafava, Basdekis & Dadey, PLLC at (607) 228-8404 or fill out our online contact form.

New York DUI Laws

Keeping in line with the rest of the country’s DUI laws, drivers in New York are considered to be over the legal limit if they have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. For drivers under the age of 21, however, the limit is lowered to .04 percent. Should you decide to retain representation from our firm, you can trust that we will thoroughly investigate your claim to prove that the other driver is solely responsible for your injuries.

Depending on the circumstances of your case, the court may ask that you prove the following elements:

  • Duty: All drivers owe other drivers the duty to drive in safely and obey all traffic laws
  • Breach of duty: The injured person must show that the other driver failed to obey basic traffic laws
  • Causation: The injured person must show that the other driver’s negligent is what caused the accident
  • Injury: The injured person must show that injuries resulted from the accident

New York Drunk Driving Statistics

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), drunk driving accidents are a frequent occurrence in New York:

  • Between 2003 and 2012 over 3,700 people were killed in drunk driving accidents
  • When surveyed, 1.4% of adults admitted driving after drinking too much in the past 30 days
  • The average drunk driving accident victim in New York is between the ages of 21 and 34

Pursuing an injury lawsuit against a drunk driver can help get the message across that drunk driving is a serious offense, and that drunk drivers will be held accountable.

two cups of beer on a table at a barNew York Dram Shop Law

A common question following a drunk driving accident is "who is responsible?" While the drunk driver themselves may be the obvious cause of the accident, sometimes there are additional parties that can be held accountable, including the bar that served them alcohol. According to New York General Obligations Law section 11-101, if bar or restaurant "knowingly caused the intoxication or impairment by unlawfully providing alcohol."

For more information regarding New York's dram shop laws and how they may apply to your case, visit our blog post: Can a Bartender be Held Liable for a Drunk Driving Accident?

We Are Focused on Your Claim

Our Oneonta auto accident attorneys understand the stressors that come with filing a lawsuit, but taking legal action is a time-sensitive issue that should not be put on the backburner. There are statute of limitations put in place, and if you fail to file a claim in the allotted time, your pursuit for justice may be denied. We can assist you by shouldering your legal burden so you can focus on healing.

We’re ready to hear your story. Contact Scarzafava, Basdekis & Dadey, PLLC today to request a free consultation.