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Who is Responsible for a DWI Accident in New York?

While there are a number of potential causes for crashes in New York, one of the more common causes is drunk driving. Accidents caused by driving while intoxicated are very serious matters often involving civil and criminal cases against the negligent party.

It’s important to understand, though, who is considered responsible as there may be more than one party who can be held accountable. This is beneficial to victims of DWI accidents as they take legal action to pursue justice and compensation from the liable parties.

The Drunk Driver

The most common negligent party is the driver of the vehicle directly responsible for the crash. Drinking can impact a person’s motor functions and the results can be very dangerous for others on the road. While the drunk driver is typically the individual responsible, they may not be alone in liability.

A Bar Establishment

When a bar serves a patron, they are doing so based on the decision that a person is capable of getting to their destination safely. If a person is visibly drunk and the bar continues to serve them knowing their intention to drive, the bar may be considered responsible for any injuries that driver may cause.

A Homeowner

Some individuals may drink at a party at someone else’s home. The individual providing the drinks—especially if it’s to a minor—may be responsible if they allow a person to drive while over the legal limit and the drunk driver causes an accident.

Understanding liability is very important in the grand scheme of a DWI accident lawsuit. At Levine and Wiss, we understand the various factors involved and who may be considered responsible for the accident and injuries. Our New York DWI accident attorneys work hard to help our clients seek the compensation they deserve.

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