DMV Fatality Hearings

If a motorist is involved in an accident that results in a fatality, the DMV will schedule a hearing to determine whether or not the driver should have his or her license suspended or revoked.

It does not matter whether the person who survived the fatal accident was at fault for the accident or not. The state has made a policy decision that in most fatal accident situations, there will be a safety hearing where the driver's license could potentially be revoked.

At these hearings, police officers appear and use their records and notes in an attempt to make a case against motorists. Many times, the evidence collected at the scene by field investigation officers – including skid mark measurements, documentation of road conditions and witness statements – will all be submitted and used against the motorist.

The average motorist is not able to refute the charges and fight this cumulative evidence on his or her own. It is imperative that the driver be represented by an attorney in this matter, someone who has the skill and knowledge that is necessary to help you:

  • Safeguard your driver's license
  • Avoid civil culpability
  • Put some distance between you and the deceased's family and/or witnesses

These hearings can be extremely emotional and involved, and it is important to have a lawyer with you who understands the law and your side of the story. For more than 25 years, attorney Karen Friedman has represented clients in these and other DMV hearings in New York. She uses her vast experience to make these matters as painless as possible, and to provide the dedicated defense that is necessary for a successful resolution to your case.

Contact Karen Friedman

Call 212-213-2145 or 845-266-4400 to obtain a free consultation and learn how Karen Friedman can guide you through the DMV hearing process following a fatal car accident.

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