Accidents caused by drunk drivers often result in catastrophic injuries to people in other vehicles and to those who are walking or riding bicycles on the street. An intoxicated individual may drive well above the speed limit, make turns without slowing down, and act without regard for the safety of others. A drunk driver may be unable to focus on the road and may be slow to respond to a hazardous situation.
If you suffered harm in an accident involving a drunk driver, you may be struggling to deal with debilitating injuries, such as whiplash, broken bones, serious cuts, head trauma, and possibly even a lost limb or paralysis. You may have had to undergo one or more surgeries and may require more in the future. You may need to receive chiropractic treatments or to undergo physical therapy several times per week.
The medical costs may be staggering. In addition, your family may be struggling to cover regular household expenses without your income. You may be close to exhausting your savings and trying to figure out what to do when the money runs out, or you may have already accumulated substantial credit card debt to pay for basic living expenses.
A Tallahassee drunk driving accident lawyer may be able to help you pursue compensation to cover your medical bills for treatments you already received, as well as future care, in addition to lost income and pain and suffering. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at 800-959-1444 to talk to a member of our staff.
Florida Drunk Driving Laws
According to Florida Statute 316.193, a person who has a blood-alcohol level or breath-alcohol level above the limits laid out in the law is guilty of driving under the influence. The offense is punishable by a fine and imprisonment. Drunk driving that results in serious bodily injury to another person is a felony under Florida law.
Florida Statute 768.125 allows other individuals to be held liable for a drunk driving accident. A person who sells or furnishes alcohol to an individual below the legal drinking age of 21 or who knowingly sells or furnishes alcohol to someone who is addicted to alcohol may be liable for injuries that the drunk individual may cause to others.
For a free legal consultation with a drunk driving accidents lawyer serving Tallahassee, call 800-598-7557
Florida Laws on Compensation for Personal Injuries
Under Florida’s no-fault law, Florida Statute 627.736, drivers are required to have personal injury protection auto insurance coverage. A driver who is injured in an accident is required to seek compensation for medical expenses and lost income from his or her own insurance company, regardless of who was liable for the collision.
Florida Statute 627.737 allows individuals who suffered serious injuries due to another person’s negligence to seek additional compensation for costs that exceed the amounts covered by PIP. In those situations, a victim may file a personal injury lawsuit to pursue a financial award for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
The drunk driver may claim that you were partly responsible for the accident. If that is true, you may still be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Many states have comparative negligence laws that allow injured parties to receive compensation, even if they were partly liable for a motor vehicle accident.
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How a Lawyer Can Help You
If you suffered harm by a drunk driver, you may be able to seek compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver, and possibly also against the person who sold or furnished that individual with alcohol. A Tallahassee drunk driving accident lawyer can review the police report to learn the driver’s blood-alcohol or breath-alcohol level immediately after the crash.
If the driver was considered drunk under Florida law, the team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC can investigate to find out where and how the driver obtained alcohol. We may interview witnesses who were with the driver or people who know that individual to gather information that may be relevant to the case. If we learn that the driver was under 21 and that another person provided that individual with alcohol, or if someone served or sold the person alcoholic beverages knowing that he or she was addicted to alcohol, we may be able to seek compensation from that party, in addition to the person who injured you in the accident.
Reach out to Ben Crump Law, PLLC today for your free case evaluation.
Let a Tallahassee Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Handle Your Case
If you suffered serious and debilitating injuries and are unable to work because of the actions of a drunk driver, you may be entitled to compensation. The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver, and possibly against one or more other individuals. We will pursue a financial award to cover your medical bills and lost income beyond the limits of your PIP coverage, as well as compensation for pain and suffering.
If your family is overwhelmed by bills and struggling to get by, you may think that you could not afford to hire an attorney. You do not have to be concerned about the cost since Ben Crump Law, PLLC follows a contingency model. We only collect a fee if we obtain a financial award for a client.
According to Florida Statute 95.11, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is generally four years from the date of injury. It may take our team several months to investigate the accident and file a lawsuit. We may be able to negotiate a settlement with an insurance company, but if that is not possible, we can take the case to trial. The sooner you contact us, the sooner our team will be able to get to work to seek justice for you. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at 800-959-1444.