As any motorist on Long Island knows, driving while intoxicated is dangerous. Despite the fact that thousands of individuals are injured or killed in alcohol and drug-related car accidents each year across the nation, driving under the influence continues to be a pervasive problem. If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident, it is critically important to have proper legal representation.

The Law Office of Robert Purzak has been fighting for the rights of drunk driving accident victims for over 35 years. Knowing that being injured or losing a loved one in a drunk driving accident is devastating, we will make sure that you are justly compensated for the harm you have endured. When you become our client, you can rest assured that we will always stand by you.


What is DUI on Long Island?

A motorist can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. In addition, the BAC limit for a commercial driver is 0.04 percent, and there is no tolerance for DUI for drivers under the age of 21. Any amount of alcohol that is detected in a driver less than 21 will lead to a DUI charge. It is also unlawful to operate a motor vehicle while impaired by illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs.

Can I file a lawsuit if I have been injured in a drunk driving accident?

While an impaired driver may face criminal charges on Long Island, he or she does not need to be convicted for you to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. This is because the burden of proof is lower in a civil proceeding than a criminal proceeding. While the court may award restitution in the event of a conviction, you can still obtain compensation if the driver is not convicted or pleads to a lesser charge.

All drivers in Nassau and Suffolk Counties have a duty to exercise reasonable care not to injure others while operating a motor vehicle. And a DUI charge will help to demonstrate that the driver breached his or her duty, which is one of the essential elements for proving negligence in a drunk driving accident. It is worth noting that under New York’s statute of limitations, the time limit to file a civil lawsuit is three years from the date of the accident (or two years in the case of wrongful death). The sooner you contact the Law Office of Robert Purzak, the better your chances will be of achieving a successful outcome.

Recoverable Damages in a Drunk Driving Accident on Long Island

If you or a loved one has been involved in a drunk driving accident, you are entitled to significant compensation that includes economic and non-economic damages.

Economic damages cover your tangible financial losses, which include:

  • Lost wages
  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Cost of rehabilitative care and assistive devices
  • Loss of earning capacity

Noneconomic damages are designed to compensate you for losses that cannot be quantified, such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Physical disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of limb
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Wrongful Death

If a family member is killed in a drunk driving accident, surviving loved ones may consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit. If the claim prevails, recoverable damages include medical expenses incurred prior to the death, funeral expenses, lost future income, emotional harm, and loss of care and services.

Contact Our Long Island Drunk Driving Accident Attorney

Our legal team knows that injury victims are often left with seemingly overwhelming burdens — physical, emotional and financial. We are prepared to help lift those burdens by providing you with legal knowledge, compassion and the personal attention you deserve.

Over our many years of practice, we have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients in jury verdicts and legal settlements. Whether inside or outside of the courtroom, you can rest assured that will vigorously fight for your right to just compensation that considers all of your future medical and financial needs.

At the Law Office of Robert Purzak, drunk driving accident cases are handled on a contingency basis. This means that you will not pay any attorneys fees until we win your case. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a drunk driving accident, you may be frightened and angry, and not know where to turn. Remember, we are here to help. Please contact our office today to set up a free consultation. We help the injured throughout Long Island, including the towns of Brentwood, Coram, Deer Park, Hempstead, Islip, Roosevelt, and Wyandanch.