The consequences of a drunk driving accident can be devastating for injury victims and their families. These crashes have the capacity to cause catastrophic injuries, permanent impairments, and thousands of dollars in medical bills. When a drunk driver causes a crash that injures you or your loved ones, you may be eligible for compensation.
A Clearwater drunk driving accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine understands the extent of the damages that this type of accident can inflict on you and your family. We can hold the parties at fault for your accident responsible by pursuing them for the costs of your injuries. We are here to fight for rights and for fair compensation for your injury-related losses.
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Compensation in Drunk Driving Accidents
Injury victims in drunk driving accidents can seek various damages or forms of compensation for their losses. These damages often include:
- Medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and surgery expenses
- Costs of medical assistive devices, equipment, supplies, and medications
- Lost current and future income
- Compensation for permanent impairments
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
Likewise, when a drunk driving crash kills a loved one, the immediate family members of the deceased person may be eligible to collect damages through a wrongful death claim. Potential damages may include past medical expenses for the deceased, funeral and burial expenses, loss of companionship and support, and more. Specific family members can seek some forms of compensation based on their relationship to the deceased under Florida Statutes § 768.21.
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Time Limits on Drunk Driving Accident Lawsuits
Injury victims and the surviving family members of the victims of fatal accidents have limited time frames in which to file their lawsuits. For example, Florida Statutes § 95.11 requires that personal representatives of the estate of a person who suffers fatal injuries in a drunk driving accident file a wrongful death lawsuit within two years of the date of death.
Injury victims in non-fatal drunk driving accidents, however, have four years from the date of their accident to file their personal injury lawsuit. If victims or their surviving family members fail to file their lawsuits against all potentially liable parties within these time constraints, they risk being unable to pursue claims for compensation altogether.
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can give you details on the specific deadlines in your case when you during your initial consultation.
Negligence and Drunk Driving Accidents
All drivers owe a duty of care to others on the roadways to operate their vehicles safely and follow traffic laws for the benefit of others. When the conduct of drivers falls below this duty of care, they can be liable for the resulting injuries when they cause an accident.
Drivers who violate traffic regulations or criminal laws, such as engaging in drunk driving, likely are negligent if their actions lead to an accident that injures someone. Simply put, driving while drunk does not rise to the level of care that a reasonable and safe driver would exercise under the circumstances.
Furthermore, a drunk driving conviction is not necessary to hold a driver liable for negligence in a drunk driving accident. Even if the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of the driver is not above the legal limit or other factors preclude a conviction, you still may be able to hold the driver liable in a civil injury claim.
Since alcohol can impact the judgment and reflexes of a driver who has only a drink or two, the driver who causes an accident after drinking still can face liability in many cases.
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Florida Drunk Driving Statistics
Drunk driving accidents are wholly preventable, which can create a frustrating and overwhelming situation for those who suffer injuries in this type of accident. Despite the harsh criminal penalties and financial liability that drunk drivers may face, too many people still choose to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after drinking.
Statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) show that in 2019, just under 5,000 traffic accidents in the state of Florida were alcohol confirmed. FLHSMV defines alcohol confirmed as “a crash involving a Driver and/or Non-Motorist who had a Blood Alcohol Content greater than 0.00.”
A Clearwater drunk driving accident lawyer with our firm can advocate for your interests and take all steps necessary to make these individuals take responsibility for their poor choices and harmful actions.
Let Us Fight for Compensation on Your Behalf
When you want to hold drunk drivers accountable for the injuries and other losses that they have caused, a Clearwater drunk driving accident lawyer from our firm can help you gather evidence, negotiate for a settlement, or bring your case to trial. We can also speak with all parties involved in your case on your behalf so that you can focus on your recovery.
You have the right to seek compensation for your accident-related losses to help you and your family through this challenging time in your life. You also have the right to legal representation.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine by dialing 1-800-747-3733 and learn more about the legal services that we can offer you in the aftermath of a drunk driving accident. We work on a contingency-fee basis, so you pay no up-front costs for our representation. You only pay us if we win a settlement or court-awarded offer on your behalf.