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Car accident defense after DWI with injuries

Professional drivers are held to a much higher standard than those who work in other industries. Whether a driver works for a taxi company, bus line or limousine service, customers and employers rely on the individual's spotless driving records and careful attention behind the wheel. When misfortune strikes, the driver may seek car accident defense in the face of a lawsuit.

A recent accident in New York involved a 35-year-old off-duty limousine driver. At an unknown point on the Bronx River Parkway, the driver crossed onto the wrong side of the highway and was driving against traffic. His vehicle, registered to a local taxi and limousine service, struck another vehicle head on. The other vehicle contained a family of six, ages 15 to 50 years, who were traveling to New York to visit relatives.

While the passengers in the other vehicle survived their injuries, several of them suffered head trauma, neck injuries and back pain. The driver of the limousine also suffered injuries and was hospitalized. Police charged him with DWI, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. He has no previous negative marks on his driving record except for a seatbelt violation.

If the injured family seeks compensation through a personal injury claim, the man's insurance company will likely want to defend itself. Most car accident defense strategies have an improved chance of success with an experienced legal team behind them. Using every necessary resource, a skilled New York attorney can work for a satisfactory verdict that minimizes the negative consequences in an already tragic situation.

Source: NBC New York, "Wrong-Way Driver on Bronx River Parkway Crashes Into Family Car, Several Injured", Lori Bordonaro and Tracie Strahan, Feb. 9, 2018

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