With the rise in prescription drug addiction, it is not surprising to see an increase in motor vehicle accidents in New York and across the country. Car accidents involving impaired drivers may create complex situations for insurance companies, including those incidents that involve drivers who have no insurance due to previous impaired driving offenses. One recent accident may be an example of a complicated claims procedure that may result in insurance companies reaching out for legal assistance.
Originally, law enforcement believed the accident resulted from a driver having a medical emergency. However, further investigation revealed that the 50-year-old man was allegedly impaired by drugs, perhaps including cocaine. A small amount of cocaine was reportedly found in the man's SUV following the accident.
While details surrounding the accident are sketchy, apparently the SUV driven by the man struck another vehicle and a cement porch before coming to rest on the sidewalk. No one appears to have suffered serious injury, but several people were transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation. The driver of the SUV also faces numerous charges related to the incident, including a felony assault against an officer who suffered a shoulder injury as a result.
Impaired driving adds a level of complexity to any car accidents or subsequent insurance claims. Because of this, insurance companies may look for legal advice when dealing with claims for personal injury, property damage or subsequent lawsuits that often result from drunk driving accidents. Having an experienced New York attorney to assist in the resolution of such matters may provide a decided advantage.
Source: dailygazette.com, "Driver in Albany Street crash charged", Steven Cook, Aug. 28, 2017