How Common are Drunk Driving Accidents in New York City? What Should I Do if I've Been Injured in a New York Drunk Driving Crash?


A: According to statistics released by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles* there were 1,015 New York City drunk driving accidents during 2009. While those accidents make up fewer than 2% of all New York City crashes, they are particularly dangerous. Of the 1,015 crashes, 22 were fatal, 777 resulted in personal injuries and 216 resulted in property damage.

If you have been injured, or if you have lost a loved one, in a drunk driving accident then you may have the right to recover damages. While the state may pursue criminal charges against the drunk driver, the criminal case will not result in your award of damages. Instead, you will need to consult with a New York accident attorney about the possibility of filing a civil case against the drunk driver.

For more information about your rights and your potential recovery after a drunk driving crash, please contact an experienced New York accident lawyer who will review your case, advise you of your rights, and help you pursue any damages that you may be able to recover for your injuries or loss. Call 1-800-PAGAN-911 to speak with a New York personal injury attorney today.

*Source: New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Summary of New York City Motor Vehicle Accidents 2009