Fort Lauderdale Lawyers Provide Support for Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents
Dependable assistance for victims of DUI-related accidents in Florida
Out of more than 2,400 fatal accidents recorded in Florida in 2010, more than 740 were alcohol related. Another 7,825 drunk driving wrecks involved injuries. In addition, more than 1,200 DUI accidents involved drugs, more than 950 of which resulted in injuries and more than 100 of which resulted in fatalities.
At Boone and Davis, PA, our lawyers provide candid, decisive representation for victims who are injured or lose a loved one in a drunk driving accident caused by others. With more than 30 years of litigation experience and a background in insurance law, our attorneys have the skills, knowledge and resources to fully investigate your accident, determine liability and pursue the negligent parties and their insurance companies.
Recovering compensation for drunk driving accidents
Under Florida law, driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages, chemical substances or controlled substances, otherwise known as DUI, is a crime with penalties that include fines and jail time. Driving under the influence occurs when a driver has a blood alcohol or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more. Driving under the influence is a reckless, criminal act. When it results in a DUI accident, our lawyers can help you hold the drunk driver liable for each injury or fatality that results.
In addition to helping you seek compensation for your injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one, Florida law allows victims to pursue an award of punitive damages against the drunk driver in certain cases. Punitive damages are awarded when there is clear and convincing evidence that a driver was personally guilty of intentional misconduct or gross negligence. In cases of gross negligence, injury victims must prove the conduct of the drunk driver was so reckless that it was a conscious disregard for or indifference to the life, safety or rights of others. For intentional misconduct, we must prove several factors, including:
- The drunk driver had actual knowledge that their conduct was wrongful and had a high probability of injury or damage.
- The driver intentionally pursued the wrongful conduct despite this knowledge.
- A DUI injury or damages resulted from this conduct.
Liability for drunk driving
While many drivers knowingly and negligently drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they are not the only ones that may be held liable for injuries resulting from a DUI accident. Under Florida law, certain parties, often referred to as dram shops, may be held liable for injuries or damages resulting from the intoxication of others. This includes when the drunk driver is not yet of legal drinking age or is habitually addicted to alcohol.
At Boone and Davis, our car accident lawyers investigate all avenues of recovery, including your own insurance, dram shops, drunk drivers and the estates of drunk drivers who are killed in DUI accidents, to help you obtain full compensation for the harm you have suffered. We understand what a devastating effect a drunk driving accident can have on you and your family. We work hard to help you obtain the compensation you deserve, whether you were a driver or a passenger in another vehicle, a passenger of the drunk driver, or a pedestrian.
Contact attorneys with the skills and determination to recover compensation for you
When a drunk driver hits you or a loved one, the results can be devastating. At Boone and Davis, PA, we strive to help you hold drunk or intoxicated drivers responsible for their negligent acts and to help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve. To learn more about your rights and how you can recover after a DUI accident, contact us any time online or by calling 954.900.9884 today. Initial consultations are free, and our firm charges no costs until we win monetary compensation for you.