It's every parent's worst nightmare: outliving your children. That nightmare often involves vehicular accidents, which are a leading cause of death among children, teenagers and young adults. Tragically, a young woman from Williamsburg died when her allegedly drunk friend was driving her home on her 21st birthday.
The driver reportedly slammed into a divider, which ripped the vehicle in half and ejected the young woman, who died at the scene. The young man's traffic agency employer suspended him from his positions. He is facing DWI and vehicular manslaughter charges, among other charges.
The mother of the young woman was reportedly heartbroken at the unexpected loss. While grief can take some time to process, it is also important to hold the person responsible accountable. Speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney after a death or severe injury in a car accident is a wise decision.
This is particularly true if the person who caused the accident was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you have lost a loved one or suffered a severe injury caused by a drunk driver, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
New York has strict penalties for drunk driving
In order to deter impaired people from climbing behind the wheel of a car, New York imposes steep penalties for drunk drivers. Anyone with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher while driving could face DWI charges for driving while intoxicated. For those who are incredibly drunk, with a BAC of 0.18 percent or higher, the charges increase to Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated. First time offenders will receive at least six months of license suspension, as well as a fine of $500 or more and up to a year in prison. Those convicted of criminal DWI charges can also face civil penalties.
Those civil penalties often come in the form of a lawsuit, brought either by a person injured by the drunk driver or someone who lost a family member thanks to someone driving while impaired. Many times, the driver who was impaired can be held accountable for losses including the cost of vehicle repairs or replacement, lost wages, medical expenses and other financial losses.
An attorney can help you after an accident with a drunk driver
If your family's life has suddenly changed thanks to an accident caused by a drunk driver, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you review any settlements offered by the other driver's insurance company or can help you file a civil suit if a settlement offer isn't forthcoming. You have enough to deal with after a serious accident without worrying about how it will impact your financial situation.