Wrongful Death Drunk Driving Car Accidents In Buffalo, New York

Jed Dietrich, Esq. Is Prepared to Represent the Families of Victims Who Lost Their Lives as a Result of Wrongful Death Caused by Drunk Driving Accidents.

Wrongful Death Drunk Driving AccidentFew residents in Amherst, New York, will soon forget the hit-and-run that occurred late on an evening in July. While riding her longboard home from work, an 18-year-old girl was struck by a drunk driver. It was later confirmed that the driver was not only drunk at the time of the collision but also speeding and texting while behind the wheel. In a court of law, this tragic example of an unintentional killing is known as wrongful death.

Jed Dietrich, Esq. knows that the safety of you and your loved ones is a top priority. It is his mission to ensure that you receive proper representation in your wrongful death claim and that you obtain the highest compensation possible for your loss. The team of Buffalo, New York drunk driving wrongful death attorneys at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and can be reached at 716-839-3939 or online.

What is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death is defined as “a death caused by the wrongful act of another, either accidentally or intentionally.” Wrongful death occurs when the actions of one individual results in the death of another. Wrongful death is similar to involuntary manslaughter, which occurs when the negligence of one person leads to the death of another person. The two differ by the court in which they are tried: manslaughter is a criminal case, whereas wrongful death is considered a civil lawsuit.

If your loved one was the victim of wrongful death caused by drunk driving, your next step should be to seek expert help from a personal injury attorney. They will be able to provide you with the best guidance for action steps to take. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. has represented countless clients in personal injury cases over the years and is your best choice when it comes to seeking representation. Call today at 716-839-3939 or visit us online for your free consultation.

How Does Drunk Driving Result in Wrongful Death?

Drunk DrivingIt is illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol or other performance affecting drugs. In New York State, there are strict laws regarding alcohol consumption and driving. Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated or with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher will result in a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) charge. Violators of this law will be arrested and required to appear in court.

Alcohol affects everyone differently, depending on their age, sex, and body type, but what matters most are the actual side effects of alcohol consumption on the body. These effects fall into two categories: short-term and long-term. The short-term effects include:

  1. Loss of coordination, depth perception, and the ability to make prudent decisions;
  2. Fewer social inhibitions, difficulty concentrating on conversations, and high or low mood swings; and
  3. An increased likelihood of loss of consciousness, vomiting, or even alcohol poisoning.

Any of the effects listed above could increase the likelihood of a wrongful death drunk driving accident. The long-term effects of drinking describe the consequences of chronic alcohol consumption on the human body. The long-term effects most likely to impact an individual’s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely are:

  1. Memory loss or loss of attention span; and
  2. High blood pressure, strokes, or an arrhythmic heartbeat.



Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

In New York State, there are statutes governing wrongful death cases. A wrongful death lawsuit can only be filed if it meets certain legal requirements. These requirements are as follows:

  1. An individual must have died;
  2. Negligence or misconduct of another individual must have led to their death;
  3. The negligence could have led to a personal injury lawsuit, provided the deceased had survived the accident; and
  4. There are individuals who survived the deceased who suffered damages as a result of their loss. These damages can include loss of earnings, support, expenses related to medical treatment, funeral costs, and loss of future income.

For more detailed information on wrongful death lawsuits, visit our Wrongful Death accident page. There you will find useful information on proving wrongful death, including the deadline for filing a wrongful death claim in New York State and the individuals who are permitted to file a lawsuit against the responsible party.

We all want to keep our loved ones safe, but sometimes the unthinkable occurs. When that happens, the last thing we want is to worry about what action we need to take. At the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., our team of experienced Buffalo, New York wrongful death caused by drunk driving personal injury attorneys is more than capable of assisting you every step of the way. Allow us to represent you in your case – you do not have to fight alone. Call today at 716-839-3939 or visit us online to begin the process.

Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 716-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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