Driver Charged With DUI For Fatal Dutchess County Car Accident
DUTCHESS COUNTY, NEW YORK (November 28, 2023) – A 56-year-old man is facing charges of DUI after a fatal Dutchess County car accident on Route 9.
Dutchess County officials are saying that the incident took place around 9:45 p.m. on Saturday. A man was driving northbound on Route 9 before crossing into opposing lanes of traffic and hitting another vehicle.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim. Sadly, one person died as a result of the crash.
Police have arrested the driver on suspicion of DUI. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Dutchess County DUI Car Accidents
Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured in car accidents involving drunk drivers. According to the NHTSA, “Every day, about 32 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes — that’s one person every 45 minutes. In 2020, 11,654 people died in alcohol-impaired driving traffic deaths — a 14% increase from 2019. These deaths were all preventable.” There are many drugs besides alcohol that could impair a driver.
- Sleep aids
It is illegal for any driver to operate their vehicle when they are impaired by drugs or alcohol. In addition to criminal charges, drivers could face civil liability for their actions. The family of any person that died in custody may have legal recourse through a civil claim. A personal injury attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating New York DUI Car Accidents
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the person killed in this Dutchess County car accident. This was a preventable collision that should not have taken place. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police.
Have you or someone that you care about been harmed due to the negligence of a drunk driver? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.