Driver Charged With DUI After Causing Accident That Injured Two People
A driver was arrested after causing a crash that injured a pair of people in Huntington Station on Long Island on Tuesday, September 18.
According to police who investigated the accident, the 32-year-old driver, Sky Derival, was driving his Cadillac on Jericho Turnpike, attempting to make a left turn on to Broadway. During the turn, he collided with a Toyota. The driver and the passenger in the Toyota suffered injuries that were not life threatening. Derival was charged with several charges related to driving while intoxicated.
DWI charges indicate driver liability
If you have been injured in an accident and wish to file a personal injury claim against the other driver, you will need to prove that other driver was negligent to be successful in your case and for them to be held liable for your injuries and damages. This can be more challenging in some cases than others, depending on witness availability and the kinds of evidence available at the scene. But what can really help is citations or criminal charges, such as driving while intoxicated.
A person who is found guilty in criminal court of DWI can then essentially be considered automatically liable in civil injury claims related to the same accident. That guilty verdict removes almost all of the pressure on the plaintiff in the civil suit to prove the defendant’s liability.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia LLP to learn more about the next steps you should take with your case.