Every hour a person is killed by a drunk driver in the United States. There were more than one million arrests made for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in 2017 – and that’s just the people who were caught. Drunk driving accidents cause hundreds of thousands of injuries each year. There are thousands of arrests for drinking and driving in Erie, Niagara, and Genesee County every year.
There are differences in how personal injury or wrongful death cases involving drunk driving defendants are handled. These cases can be complicated by the accompanying criminal case against the drunk driver. The criminal case takes priority over any civil lawsuit – which means the injury or death case often can’t go forward until after the criminal case is over. As the lawyers handling the personal injury case, we closely monitor the criminal case and maintain contact with the District Attorney’s Office handling it to ensure that justice is served.
In some drunk driving cases an injured person may be able to recover additional money not available in most other motor vehicle cases. We not only examine how the collision occurred, but also investigate where the drunk driver was drinking, the degree of intoxication, and whether the drunk driver’s operation of the vehicle was not only erratic, but reckless.
It’s our job to make sure that every person or corporation responsible for the harms and losses caused by a drunk driver steps up to pay their fair share of the damage that they cause.