Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys in Rochester
Fighting for Victims of Drunk Driving in Buffalo & the Nearby Counties
Drunk driving accidents represent some of the most devastating, life-altering motor vehicle collisions. Because drunk drivers’ reflexes are dulled and their reaction times are reduced, they often collide with other objects—including other cars—at high rates of speed. Frequently, these accidents are head-on collisions, as drunk drivers drift across center lanes on highways and roads. Sadly, this often leads to serious, catastrophic injuries for innocent victims. All too often, drunk driving accidents are fatal.
At Faraci Lange, LLP, we understand the serious toll drunk driving accidents have on victims and their entire families. And, while we know that there is nothing that can negate what you have been through, we also know that you shouldn’t have to face the challenges brought on by the accident on your own. Our Rochester drunk driving accident attorneys can help you take legal action against the drunk driver and hold him or her accountable for the harm and suffering they have caused you.
Is the Drunk Driver Always at Fault?
Drunk driving is not only unlawful in the state of New York, but it is also always negligent. Drunk drivers can be held legally liable for this negligence in the form of a personal injury or wrongful death claim. This is separate from any criminal proceedings that the state may take against the drunk driver for breaking the law and driving while intoxicated.
However, while a drunk driver is always considered to share some portion of fault for an accident he or she causes, a drunk driver may not be the only liable party. Under New York’s dram shop laws, bars, restaurants, and other establishments that sell alcohol can be held liable if they illegally serve alcohol to someone or if they serve alcohol to someone who is visibly intoxicated and that person goes on to cause a drunk driving accident.
Proving that an establishment unlawfully served an individual alcohol—meaning, essentially, that the establishment sold or served alcohol to someone under the legal drinking age of 21—or that it overserved a patron can be difficult. It is important that you work with an experienced dram shop lawyer who knows how to effectively navigate these types of claims. However, if applicable, pursuing a claim against the establishment that provided alcohol to the drunk driver who caused the accident that left you serious injured can allow you to recover the full compensation you are entitled to receive for your damages.
How Faraci Lange, LLP Can Help
In the wake of a serious drunk driving accident, you are likely to face significant challenges. On top of extensive medical bills, you may find yourself unable to work—either temporarily while you recover or permanently if your injuries are disabling. In addition to these financial stressors, you are also likely to face a great deal of pain, suffering, and emotional distress. Our Rochester drunk driving lawyers can help you seek rightful compensation for all of your damages.
While every case is different, seriously injured victims of drunk driving accidents may be able to recover compensation for:
- All medical expenses, current and future
- Lost income/wages, including future lost earnings
- Disability (loss of earning capacity)
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Counseling and related services
- Vehicle damage repairs
Additionally, the surviving family members of those wrongfully killed may be able to recover compensation for funeral costs, loss of support, and other damages they have suffered.
Our legal team can help you navigate this immensely difficult time. Our goal, first and foremost, has always been to help people, and our entire team is ready to assist you throughout the entire legal process. We work to handle all of the legal components of your recovery so that you can focus on healing and moving forward.
“When my frustrations with the process were heightened, my representative calmly explained how this type of litigation usually proceeds.”- Phil N.
“Kristin always kept us updated and advised us as to what our next steps should be.”- Dick K.