Pursue Compensation for DUI Injuries

Long Island Drunk Driving Injury Attorney

Filing a Claim for Just Compensation

A driver who is intoxicated while driving can cause accidents with injuries because the alcohol impairs the driver's judgment and perception. In fact, alcohol-related driving accidents kill or injure thousands of pedestrians, passengers and other motorists each year. If you, a friend or family member have been the victim of a drunk driver you should seek legal advice from a Long Island injury attorney who can assist you.

Under state laws, when a person with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or greater operates a motor vehicle, they have committed a criminal act. An intoxicated driver is almost always considered at fault when they are involved in an accident.

This includes drunk driving incidents involving:

  • The driver of a passenger vehicle, SUV or truck
  • A commercial truck driver
  • A bus driver
  • A taxi driver

Your rights are protected whether you were a driver or passenger in another car, a passenger with the intoxicated driver, or a pedestrian. Finding justice through the criminal court system is not easy, and it is not guaranteed. If you suffered injuries due to another's intoxication, it is in your best interest to file a personal injury suit in order to pursue compensation for your medical bills and other damages.

Who Is At Fault in a DUI/DWI Accident?

A person engaging in the negligent behavior of driving while intoxicated and causing an accident and injuries can be can be held legally responsible. A drunk driver can face criminal charges such as:

  • Jail time
  • Prison
  • Fines
  • Court-ordered treatment programs

In addition, victims of car accidents, truck accidents, or motorcycle accidents involving a drunk driver can also file a suit against the drunk driver or the insurance company if they cannot reach a fair settlement for compensation. Given the often serious injuries that result from DUI accidents, it is important that the victims are able to obtain just damages so that they will not have financial difficulties while they recover.

A driver has a duty to operate a vehicle with care. If the duty of care is violated then the driver may be charged with negligence. A DUI/DWI victim may be able to file a lawsuit to recover for losses such as property damage, medical costs, and loss of wages. The victim may also be able to hold third parties responsible if their actions contributed to the DUI/DWI.

Get in Touch with Our Dedicated Legal Team Today

The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. has a successful track record representing clients injured by a drunk driver's negligence, and can vigorously pursue damages to cover the costs of your medical treatment, rehabilitation and home care. We will also seek compensation for any lost wages, pain, suffering, emotional trauma and property damage. Our firm has no sympathy for a driver who knowingly puts other people's lives at risk by driving while intoxicated, and will provide uncompromising representation and advocacy.

Contact a Long Island drunk driving lawyer at our firm for dedicated advocacy if you have been hurt in an accident caused by a drunk driver.

We Have Recovered OVER 100 MILLION DOLLARS

  • $1.2 Million Dollar Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff was driving his motor vehicle straight when defendant, who was legally drunk, crossed over a divider and struck the plaintiff's car head on. Plaintiff was the only occupant in the car and died instantly. Plaintiff had dependent wife and teenage son.

  • $1.6 Million Dollar Settlement

    Plaintiff is a 50 year old man who was doing repair work on a residential residence in Suffolk County. He was on a ladder when several bricks in the patio supporting the ladder gave way causing him to fall to the ground. The homeowner was negligent due to the improper construction and maintenance of the brick patio. Plaintiff suffered injuries to his pelvis, back, neck and legs and is disabled from future work.

  • $850,000 Mediated Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 65 year old male driving his motor vehicle at approximately 3:00 a.m. when a tour bus pulled out from a parking lot. Plaintiff was driving straight and struck the middle of the tour bus on the driver's side. Defendant claimed that he was stopped in the roadway waiting to make a left hand turn and plaintiff had ample to see the tour bus and avoid a collision.

    Defendant additionally argued the reflectors on the side of the bus would make the bus clearly visible and that plaintiff was fatigued from work. Plaintiff suffered broken ribs and a fractured hip requiring an open reduction and necessitating plaintiff walk with the assistance of a cane.

  • $600,000 Trial Verdict

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 38 year old livery cab driver. He parked his car at the end of his shift in the dispatch garage and was walking to the office. Another car entered the garage at an unreasonable speed and skidded on oil that was left pooling by the owner of the garage. The car pinned plaintiff up against the garage wall breaking his left tibia and fibula and causing him to suffer permanent limp.

    Defendants claimed there was a safe egress from the garage and plaintiff was responsible for putting himself in harm's way. Additionally, defendants submitted surveillance video of plaintiff participating in recreational sports.

  • $555,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff is a 33 year old man who was riding his bicycle through an intersection when he was struck by a motor vehicle and injured his left knee. Plaintiff suffered a torn ACL requiring surgery an extensive rehabilitation. Plaintiff's injury resulted in a 1 inch atrophy of the left quadriceps muscle. Defendant claimed his motor vehicle was stopped at a red light when plaintiff rode off the sidewalk and struck the right front quarter panel of the vehicle.

  • $395,000 Settlement at Jury Selection

    Plaintiff is a seventy year old woman that slipped on ice in her apartment complex owned by the New York City Housing Authority. She suffered a bimalleolar fracture with an avulsion fracture of the medial malleolus requiring an open reduction and insertion of hardware. Defendant claimed they did not have ample opportunity to remove the snow and ice since it had snowed over two feet in the twenty four hours before the accident. Through discovery and further investigation it was revealed that an employee of the defendant was directed to remove the snow and ice from the subject area, but refused his assignment. The area in question, therefore, remained untended for an unreasonably long period of time.

  • $390,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff, a 38 year old female was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Suffolk County. Plaintiff underwent surgery consisting of a mini-open retro-peritoneal exposure of the lumbar spine with an anterior lumbar interbody decompression and fusion; partial vertebral corpectomy and a lumbar implant L5-S1. Defendant argued that the impact and damage to the motor vehicle was not significant and that plaintiff had a prior accident resulting in her undergoing MRI’s evidencing significant lumbar injuries.

  • $350,000 Trial Verdict

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 33 year old male driving his motorcycle straight when the defendant attempted to make a right turn and struck the side of plaintiff's motorcycle. Defendant claimed he followed a turn arrow and that the plaintiff rode through a steady red light. Defendant also claimed that according to plaintiff's own doctors he made an excellent recovery and suffered no restrictions.

    Plaintiff suffered a fracture of his right tibia and fibula requiring surgery. Defendant was found to be 100% liable at trial and offered a $100,000 settlement. Plaintiff refused the offer and obtained a jury verdict.

  • $300,000 Settlement During Trial

    Facts: The plaintiff is a 38 year old male who was stopped in traffic when his vehicle was struck in the rear by another car. Plaintiff was awarded summary judgment on liability and the matter proceeded to trial on damages. The plaintiff suffered a lumbar herniated disc requiring a fusion and laminectomy.

    Defendant claimed that the plaintiff's injury was not related to the accident as he suffers from severe Ehlers Danlos syndrome. Defendant also obtained surveillance footage of plaintiff working at a construction site carrying various heavy objects. Case settled after jury selection and before opening statements.

  • $295,000 Mediated Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 43 year old women who was driving her motor vehicle which was struck in the rear by another car. Plaintiff suffered thoracic and lumbar herniated discs requiring a posterolateral spinal fusion at T11 – L2, segmental pedicle fixation at T11-L2 and an iliac crest bone graft. Defendant conceded liability but claimed the injury was degenerative as there was no visible damage to the motor vehicle plaintiff was operating.

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  • They checked up on me every week until my case was settled and I still hear from them from time to time.

    “They represented me in a car accident that I was in and they made sure that they did everything possible to make me comfortable. They checked up on me every week until my case was settled and I still hear from them from time to time. I definitely would recommend them to people.”

    N.J.

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    “The whole staff is completely heart warming!! After my accident they came to my house to talk to me cause my mobility wouldn't let me go to them They constantly call and email to see how I'm doing. I highly recommend this law firm!!”

    J.S.

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