Traffic, road construction, bad weather – all these are things drivers worry about on a daily basis. But no driver should ever have to be afraid of dangerous drivers under the influence of alcohol. Every day, too many people are made victims of serious and sometimes fatal accidents caused by drunk drivers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that in 2014, 9,967 people were killed in the U.S. by car crashes involving drivers under the influence of alcohol. This means there was one death caused by drunk driving every 53 minutes.
Drunk drivers are one of the most dangerous safety hazards on the road, putting not only themselves in danger, but endangering all those around them. The actions of drivers under the influence of alcohol are careless and inexcusable. If a victim is injured because of such negligence, the drunk driver should be held accountable for the harm he or she has caused, and the victim has the right to receive compensation. In Florida, victims are able to sue for damages if they involve negligence. With an experienced and skilled attorney by your side, you can demand justice for the harm you have experienced by a drunk driver’s actions. GMV Law Group’s Fort Lauderdale drunk driving accident lawyers are ready to provide the legal counsel you need to get the compensation that you deserve.
Florida DUI and Personal Injury Laws
Not only does a DUI offender face criminal charges for the accident he or she caused, but that offender can be sued for civil damages by the victim. Florida Statutes § 316.193, states that an individual can be charged with a criminal offense if he or she:
- Operates a vehicle, are driving a vehicle, or are in actual physical control of a vehicle;
- Caused or contributed to causing damage to the property of or injury to another person;
- They are under the influence of an alcohol, a chemical substance, or controlled substance, and their normal facilities are impaired;
- They have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams or more of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood; or
- They have a breath alcohol level of .08 or more grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.
Florida Statutes § 627.737 speaks to the civil side. According to this statue, a plaintiff may recover damages brought against an owner, operator, or occupant of a motor vehicle, or an organization legally responsible for the accident, for an action in tort for suffering, pain, mental anguish, and inconvenience due to physical injury, if the operator, occupant, or owner of a motor vehicle, if the result led to:
- Significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function.
- Permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability, other than scarring or disfigurement.
- Significant and permanent scarring or disfigurement.
Damages in a DUI Accident
In the best of scenarios, a DUI accident caused no physical harm to its victims. But unfortunately, victims of DUI crashes are often seriously injured or even lose their lives. Injuries lead to costs, and “damages” is the term for the compensation for the costs. When your attorney files suit against the driver who caused your accident, the attorney will list specific damages resulting from the driver’s negligent actions. In Broward County, some of the most commonly cited damages specifically in DUI accident law suits include:
- Medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Mental anguish
- Rehabilitation bills
- Loss of consortium
- Lessened of enjoyment of life
Working with a Broward County Drunk Driver Accident Lawyer
No accident is fair, especially an accident causing injury due to the drunkenness of a driver willing to endanger every person with whom they share the road. GMV Law Group is a firm focused on helping our clients get the justice they deserve. We have the skills, experience, knowledge, and resources required to not only present a strong demand for compensation, but also to win it. We are passionate about protecting our clients from large insurance companies and overbearing defense lawyers. DUI cases are often heated and aggressive, and you need an attorney who is not intimidated by the intensity of the case, but rather is ready and able to take it head-on and stand by your side.
GMV Law Group proudly serves individuals and families throughout Broward County, including Weston, Fort Lauderdale, North Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Margate, Tamarac, Deerfield Beach, Coconut Creek, and nearby communities. We are ready to offer you a no-obligation, free initial consultation if you believe you have a personal injury case against a drunk driver. Call us now to set up a time to meet with one of our attorneys and begin discussing your case and the options available to you. Call 954-530-6206 today, or send us an online message.
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