Drunk Driving Accidents

Kingston Car Accident Lawyers

Intoxicated motorists cause thousands of car accidents resulting in serious injuries every year, but not all of them are held accountable for the consequences. If you have been struck by a drunk driver, Mainetti, Mainetti & O'Connor, P.C. and our personal injury lawyers in Kingston can provide you solid legal counsel and representation to pursue justice and compensation. With 100+ years of collective experience and seven-figure verdicts and settlements under our belts, you can trust us with your drunk driving accident claim.


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Using Records to Your Advantage

A criminal conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) will not necessary or usually require the convicted offender to pay restitutions to the people they have injured. Matters may need the attention of a civil court, especially if a fair out-of-court settlement is not offered by the drunk driver or their insurer. For you the plaintiff, this likely means you need to start creating a case and gathering evidence to use to your advantage. If you know where to look, other people have already done some of the work for you.

Unique bits of evidence to consider for a drunk driving accident claim are:

  • Police report: If there was any reason to believe that the person who hit you was intoxicated at the time of the car accident, the police should have recorded that driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level at some point, either roadside or at the station. This is crucial for the strength of your case.
  • Medical records: Hospital staff and doctors treating the wounds of the intoxicated driver may also have records of that person’s BAC level at the time of treatment. This can be excellent evidence, as it may show that the driver was intoxicated enough to have a high BAC at the time of the accident and beyond.
  • Driving history: The New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) knows all about everyone’s bad driving habits. If you can find that the drunk driver has a history of reckless or drunk driving, add it to your evidence to use against them.

You Deserve Every Penny

The drunk driver that hit you should pay for your medical bills, repair costs, emotional trauma, and any other damages that can be related to your accident. Our highly-experienced Kingston car accident attorneys intend to do everything in our power to get you every single penny required. We also help clients in Newburgh, Ellenville, Poughkeepsie, and New York City. Contact us at your first opportunity to request a free case evaluation.

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