Drunk Driving Involved in Long Island Crash that Killed 4
The Sanders Firm was deeply troubled to learn that drunk driving was to blame in a fatal limousine crash that took the lives of four future bridesmaids out to celebrate the upcoming wedding of their friend. Eight women had taken the limo to a wine tasting to play it safe on Saturday, July 18, but a drunk driver plowed into them on the way home, killing four and critically injuring two.
The driver, Steven Romeo, 55, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Police say that he also tried to flee the scene of the accident. While Romeo faces criminal charges, he may also be sued for the extraordinary harm that his reckless actions have caused.
Victims of drunk drivers have the law on their side, and in the capable hands of New York car accident attorneys, may seek maximum compensation for all losses. While litigation can’t bring back a loved one, it can balance the scales of justice and deter similar careless behavior in the future.
Basis for filing a New York DUI accident lawsuit
New Yorkers may know that the state has “no fault” car insurance laws. This means that victims of car accidents generally cannot file personal injury lawsuits after a crash, even if a driver was at fault for reasons such as drunk driving. Such laws were enacted to force insurance companies to compensate all drivers involved regardless of who was liable. However, accident victims and their families can still sue over very serious injuries, including those involving wrongful death, disfigurement, or disability.
The recent limousine crash certainly appears to meet these criteria, and unfortunately, there are several other drunk driving cases in New York and Long Island that have also involved serious harm. The Long Island counties of Suffolk and Nassau have the highest rate of drunk driving crashes and fatalities in the state, accounting for 7.3 percent and 14.2 percent of car crash deaths related to alcohol consumption in 2013. A total of 79 people died in drunk driving crashes in both counties that year.
Speak to drunk driver accident lawyers in NY
If you lost a loved one or suffered serious injury at the hands of a drunk driver, a DUI accident lawsuit is an effective tool to secure compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other kinds of injury that you have incurred as a result.
At The Sanders Firm, we offer knowledgeable legal representation to victims of drunk driving accidents, ensuring families are justly compensated for their losses.
Call 1-800-324-7752 to discuss your legal rights during a complimentary case evaluation. We serve residents in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and Long Island.
- NY Times, Officials Say Driver Was Drunk in Long Island Limousine Crash That Killed Four http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/20/nyregion/women-killed-in-long-island-limousine-crash.html?_r=0
- NY Daily News, Long Island limousine wreck victim Lauren Baruch remembered at emotional funeral http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/long-island-limousine-wreck-victim-remembered-funeral-article-1.2300853
- Eyewitness News ABC, Funeral services held for Long Island limousine crash victim Brittney Schulman http://7online.com/news/long-island-limousine-crash-victim-brittney-schulman-laid-to-rest/874823/