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Driver Charged with DWI After Injuring 3 in Staten Island Crash

A man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after getting into an accident that injured his two passengers.

According to police, the 59-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle, striking a utility pole. The accident occurred at the intersection of Arden Avenue and Hylan Boulevard in the Staten Island neighborhood of Annadale at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 20.

Two passengers in the vehicle were seriously injured. One was a 55-year-old woman, who suffered critical injuries. The other was a 60-year-old woman who, along with the vehicle’s driver, suffered back and neck injuries.

Passengers may take legal action against a driver

Not all car accident cases involve one driver filing a claim against another driver. In this recent case, for example, the driver’s negligence in choosing to drive while impaired directly may have caused the injuries his passengers suffered. It’s possible that those passengers would be able to sue the driver and seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.

Regardless, a person who causes a car accident due to drug or alcohol use will have a difficult time escaping liability. The law is incredibly strict on drunk drivers and essentially holds them automatically liable for any accidents and injuries they cause.

Of course, every accident case is different. If you have any questions about the best way to proceed with a personal injury claim in New York, meet with a trusted car accident attorney at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP.