Drunk Drivers/DUI/DWI Home / Vehicular Accidents / Drunk Drivers/DUI/DWI DUI/DWI Injuries and Accidents Driving under the influence (DUI) is a crime in every state. Convicted motorists may face a variety of consequences, including jail time, fines, and license suspension. Standard DUI penalties are often more severe for offenses involving accidents or injuries—regardless of whether the injured party was a passenger in the drunk driver’s car, a passenger in another car, or a pedestrian. But in addition to the criminal penalties, a drunk driver might face civil consequences—such as being sued in court—when someone gets injured in a DUI related accident. Anyone injured by a drunk driver—including a passenger in the drunk driver’s vehicle—can file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. Most personal injury claims against drunk drivers are based on “negligence.” To win a negligence lawsuit, an injured passenger would generally need to prove four elements by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not): that the drunk driver owed a “duty of care” to the passengerthat the driver breached the dutythat the passenger was injured or harmed in some way, andthat the drunk driver’s breach was a cause of the injury or harm For general inquiries or a free case evaluation please call 212-537-7000 or visit the link in our bio to learn more. Similar Practice Areas Car Accident Other Practice Areas Premises LiabilityVehicular AccidentsWorkers’ CompensationSexual Harassment The Personal Injury Professionals Never Settle for Less Helping Injured People and Their Families Since 1996 Free Consultation Contact Us Full Name Phone Email Tell us about your case Send Message Your Message Has been Successfully Sent. Looking forward to speaking with you soon. Your Message Has Not been sent. Try again later.