Can You Sue for Fourth of July Drunk Driving Accidents in New York?

Few holidays afford Americans better opportunities for unwinding and letting loose quite like Independence Day. As one of the original thirteen colonies and the home to many crucial battle sites, New Yorkers take special pride in this occasion. Unfortunately, many overindulge in alcohol and other intoxicating substances and, even worse, get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. When they do so, they place others at grave risk, as you have found out. For more information on whether you can sue a motorist for a drunk driving accident on the Fourth of July in New York, please read on, then contact one of our experienced Westchester County drunk driving attorneys today.

Can you hold a motorist accountable for drunk driving on the Fourth of July in New York?

Regardless of the day or occasion, drunk driving remains an unsafe and illegal activity. Every year, drunk driving leads to roughly 10,000 fatalities in the United States. That does not include the injuries, which can be severe. So, yes, you may hold a drunk driver accountable for his or her actions in the Empire State.

When you sustain injuries from a drunk driver, you often require financial compensation to recover from your injuries. Should you prove your case, you may receive the following economic and non-economic damages:

  • The cost of surgeries
  • The cost of overnight stays in a hospital
  • Lost wages
  • The cost of rehabilitation
  • Bodily disfigurement
  • The emotional impact of disability
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering

How do you prove liability for a Fourth of July drunk driving accident in New York?

In order to receive the compensation you deserve and need to recover from your injuries, you will need to do the following:

  • Call 911: By alerting the authorities, the police can dispatch an ambulance to the scene, conduct a breathalyzer test and administer field sobriety tests. These tests will help define how intoxicated the driver was at the time the accident occurred.
  • Document the scene: Take photos and videos at the scene of the accident, documenting any damage done to all of the cars and property involved.
  • Seek medical attention: Seek medical treatment as soon as possible to treat your injuries. Afterward, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical records.
  • Contact a skilled attorney: With the help of one of our seasoned Westchester County auto accident attorneys, you may be able to obtain further proof of negligence, including police reports, security camera footage and more.

Can you hold anyone else accountable for your accident?

New York has what are known as dram shop laws, meaning you may also hold establishments accountable. To do so, you must:

  • Show that the establishment overserved an already intoxicated individual, or
  • Demonstrate that the establishment served alcohol to an individual under the age of 21

Do not wait to reach out to our firm. Our legal team will fight for you.


Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. Contact us today for help.

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