Is there anything more unjust than an accident caused by a drunk or impaired driver?
If you were injured or lost a family member in a motor vehicle accident involving a drunk driver in upstate New York, your first call should be to Nichols Law Offices, PLLC, in Dewitt. Attorney Craig Nichols helps individuals and families recover damages after catastrophic injuries and devastating loss of life. We handle your personal injury litigation case with compassion and empathy, while aggressively pursuing the full and fair monetary damages you are entitled to for:
Medical care, including ongoing physical therapy and occupational therapy needs
Loss of wages, including earning potential over a lifetime
Pain and suffering related to your serious injuries
Costs of burial and related expenses in wrongful death cases
Under New York law, an injured party may sue for punitive damages after injury or death of a loved one in an accident caused by a drunk or impaired driver. The plaintiff (injured party) must demonstrate that the negligent behavior rose to the level of gross recklessness or intentional, wanton or malicious conduct aimed at the public generally.*
Insurance adjusters know that the insurance company may face significant financial liability if one of their policyholders caused an accident while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. You may be offered a fast settlement that may look like it's a fair dollar amount. Once you cash the check, you forfeit all rights to seek further compensation. You won't know the full value of your case until you talk with a personal injury lawyer with experience in this complex area of motor vehicle accident law. Talk with Craig before you submit any forms or speak with an insurance adjuster.
We offer a free case evaluation and work on a contingency fee basis. You don't pay attorney's fees unless we help you recover money in a settlement or jury verdict, if your case goes to trial.
Call us at 315-640-4216 or use the convenient email contact form to request a return phone call to schedule a free consultation as soon as possible.
*Relevant tort law: Walker v. Sheldon, 179 N.E. 2d 497 (N.Y. 1961); Cushing v. Seemann, 668 N.Y.S.2d 791 (N.Y. App. Div. 1998); Collins v. Willcox, 600 N.Y.S.2d 884 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 1992); Witherwax v. Transcare, Inc., 801 N.Y.S.2d 782, (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2005); Nooger v. Jay-Dee Fast Delivery, 673 N.Y.S.2d 1006 (N.Y. App. Div. 1998); Boykin v. Mora, 711 N.Y.S.2d 904 (N.Y. App. Div. 2000).