Earlier this year an East Kingston family was rushed to the Northern Dutchess
Hospital in Rhinebeck after a vehicle operated by a drunk driver veered
onto the wrong side of the road and collided with the family head-on.
The collision happened in the Town of Ulster and initial news reports
indicate that the three victims, one of which is an infant, suffered non-life
The perpetrator, who had two children in his car, was arrested and now
faces multiple criminal charges. It appears that his blood alcohol content
was more than twice the legal limit.
Experienced Poughkeepsie personal injury attorneys hope that the victims of this accident have completely recovered from
this senseless motor vehicle collision. Ultimately, the drunk driver that
caused the accident will answer to criminal court for his actions. Our
government will make sure that he is held accountable. Criminal accountability
is not all that can be faced.
Victims of drunk driving accidents almost always suffer physical injury,
mental harm, and financial loss as a result of the vehicle collision.
Criminal courts are not equipped to compensate victims for these injuries.
Civil courts; however, are equipped to hold drunk driving offenders accountable
for their negligence.
This is exactly what driving drunk is –
negligence. Any ordinary, reasonable, and prudent motorist would not operate a motor
vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Doing so is a breach of the duty
that roadway users have to other people on the road.
The victims’ pain and suffering, medical costs, lost wages, physical
rehabilitation costs and the like that which resulted from the drunk driver’s
negligence can be claimed for compensation. Under very limited circumstances,
the civil court can punish the drunk driver by awarding the victims punitive damages.
The normal way civil court plaintiffs are healed is by the court giving
them back what they lost. But when a defendant has acted intentionally,
willfully, and or recklessly, civil courts are allowed to punish the defendant
by making him pay additional money to the plaintiffs.
Considering that insurance coverage quite often does not pay for all of
one’s medical expenses, victims will need all the compensation that
they can get.
Drunk driving accidents typically cause serious injury and can even be life altering.
Victims deserve help paying for long term care, lost earning potential,
and the costs of reeducation to start a new career if need be.
Sadly, some victims of DWI accidents are killed by the drunk driver. These
victims have rights too; their families are entitled to hold the perpetrator
accountable by way of a wrongful death lawsuit.
Learn more about how warm weather and long weekends create increased risk
for injury or death inour latest article posted here. Read more about motorcycle accidents in nice weather in
our blog post here. Learn more about injuries caused by warm weather sports in
our blog posted here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
what our clients are saying about us here and learn about just some of our
successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
convenient contact form here.