Brooklyn DUI Accident Lawyers Pursue Compensation for Injuries
New York law firm helps victims of drunk drivers recover personal injury damages
Despite decades of public services campaigns and harsh criminal penalties, drunk driving continues to be a problem across the United States. The problem is greater in densely populated areas like Brooklyn, where sheer traffic numbers make it more likely that you will encounter people who are driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident, a Brooklyn DUI accident lawyer at Goldberg Sager & Associates is ready to help. We draw on decades of auto accident litigation experience to provide aggressive representation that yields consistently positive results.
Effects of drunk driving accidents on victims and their families
DUI accidents can have severe repercussions for victims and their family. Financially, there’s the burden of medical bills, compounded by lost income from missed work. Physically, there’s the painful healing process. Emotionally, victims struggle with reliving the accident and grappling with the realization that their lives may never be quite the same.
Some DUI accident victims have injuries that mend with time. Others suffer types of catastrophic harm that change their lives forever, such as:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Loss of sight or hearing
- Loss of a limb
- Scarring and disfigurement
The most severe drunk driving crashes result in wrongful death. A Brooklyn fatal car accident lawyer at our firm can help you obtain compensation after the tragic loss of a family member.
How our Brooklyn attorneys help after a drunk driving accident
When a DUI accident victim’s injuries are covered by his or her own personal injury protection (PIP) insurance, our lawyers negotiate with the insurer to recover as much compensation as possible. For more serious injuries, the law allows victims to sue the drunk driver for damages. In such cases, we must make a legal case for liability. This means:
- Proving fault — The drunk driver must be shown to have caused the accident. We investigate the crash, collecting and preserving evidence and identifying and interviewing witnesses. We may also consult with qualified experts in accident reconstruction.
- Navigating legal process — We file a complaint in the appropriate court, identifying all possible defendants and presenting the facts of the case. We arrange for defendants to be served with a court summons and complaint. We confer with opposing counsel as we prepare for trial. We are conscientious in observing all deadlines, such as the three-year statute of limitations.
- Maximizing compensation — We always seek to recover the greatest amount of compensation possible under the facts of the case. We consult medical and financial experts to ascertain the full extent of our client’s losses, then make an appropriate demand that is supported by the experts’ reports.
The fact that a driver was under the influence of alcohol does not by itself prove they caused the crash. We never take for granted a defendant’s liability. We work tirelessly to build a case based on solid evidence that we assemble.
Role of insurance companies in DUI accidents
No matter the gravity of a victim’s injuries, insurance companies always try to pay as little as possible, so they use various tactics to leverage a low settlement. A drunk driver might not be adequately insured, forcing you to rely on your own policy’s uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage. Such a claim requires proving fault of the drunk driver. Whether you are dealing with the other driver’s insurer or your own, it can help tremendously to have skilled legal representation.
Contact our Brooklyn attorneys for your drunk driving accident claim
If you have been injured in a DUI accident, the Brooklyn-based attorneys of Goldberg Sager & Associates can help you obtain fair financial compensation. Contact us online or call us at 718-514-9516 today to discuss your case.