Drunk Driver Faces Sentencing for New York Car Accident

by | June 13th, 2012

June 13, 2012

A drunk driver responsible for causing an accident that left an innocent victim seriously injured has pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree vehicular assault. According to WGRZ 2 News, the 44-year-old Lancaster, New York, man was arrested on the March 16 after causing a crash at the intersection of Ransom Road and Broadway just after 3:30 a.m.

Reports from police officers who responded to the scene indicate that the drunk driver ran through a stop sign at the intersection and collided with the victim’s vehicle which had the right of way. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he spent the next several weeks recovering from a torn trachea and a fractured pelvis and sternum.

When the man responsible for the accident is sentenced this August, he could face as much as seven years in prison.

New York has some of the strictest laws in the nation against drunk driving, especially when injuries are involved. Even first time offenders in the state can face severe penalties, such as a license revocation or requirements to install an ignition interlock system on their vehicle. If injuries occur, a drunk driver can also be held liable for civil penalties.

The New York Personal Injury Lawyers with the William Mattar Law Offices say that drunk driving is one of the leading causes of New York Auto Accidents and they ask that citizens always utilize a designated driver to get home after drinking.