A drunk driving accident can leave you with injuries that fundamentally change the course of your life. Your injuries may require medical treatment and leave you temporarily or permanently unable to work or engage in the activities that you used to enjoy. When you are in this situation, an Orlando drunk driving accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help.
Although some accidents are unavoidable, drunk driving accidents are entirely preventable. One way to hold these drivers accountable for their illegal and harmful behavior is for them to be held liable for the costs of your injuries in a civil claim. You may be eligible for compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and physical pain, among other types of damages.
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Collecting Compensation Following a Drunk Driving Accident
Compensation for injuries from a drunk driving accident can cover different kinds of expenses and losses, also known as “damages.” There are generally two categories of damages: economic and non-economic.
Economic damages can include some or all of the following damages:
- Medical expenses, such as surgery costs, hospitalization expenses, costs of emergency medical treatment and transport, medical bills for ongoing treatment, expenses for medical assistive devices and modifications to home and vehicles, and rehabilitation costs
- Lost income due to an inability to work, vocational rehabilitation, the costs of education and retraining, and loss of future earning capacity if you are permanently unable to work or return to your former job
- Property damage to your vehicle, such as repairs or replacement
Non-economic do not relate to a particular bill or expense. These are losses that are intangible but no less significant for victims of drunk driving accidents. Some examples of non-economic damages include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental suffering and emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
The total amount of damages that you may receive in a drunk driving accident case will depend on the details of your accident. The severity of your injuries, the amount of your losses, and the permanency of your impairments all dictate the amount of damages that you may qualify to seek in a personal injury case.
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Filing Deadlines for Personal Injury Cases
Injury victims have strict deadlines that they must follow for filing their personal injury lawsuits. These deadlines, or statutes of limitations, differ according to state law and the type of lawsuit involved. Under Florida Statute § 95.11(3)(a), most injury victims have a four-year statute of limitations on filing their personal injury lawsuits in Florida. There are a few exceptions that may shorten or extend this general filing deadline.
Accordingly, you may have only four years from the date that you suffered your injuries in the drunk driving accident to formally file your lawsuit. Although many personal injury cases settle before they ever go to court, you must ensure that you meet the statute of limitations under state law to retain your right to sue. If you do not meet this deadline, the judge may dismiss your case.
An Orlando drunk driving accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you file your lawsuit on time.
Drunk Driving Accidents in Florida
Despite the many criminal and other penalties that exist under Florida law to punish drunk drivers, drunk driving accidents continue to occur. Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reports that in 2019, almost 5,000 car accidents involved alcohol consumption. Those accidents resulted in 378 fatalities, 425 incapacitating injuries, and 2,639 non-incapacitating injuries.
Furthermore, this problem is not limited to the state of Florida. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that nationwide, about 28 people die per day in drunk driving accidents. Although drunk driving accidents and fatalities have decreased over the years, they still occur at unacceptable levels that put everyone on the road at risk of harm.
Drunk driving is a violation of state criminal laws, which can lead to a finding of civil liability, as well. It is important to note that you can still pursue compensation in a civil claim against a drunk driver even if they are not convicted of criminal charges.
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The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Can Help You
A drunk driving accident has criminal implications for the at-fault drunk driver but may also have civil consequences that include a personal injury claim. These cases can be challenging to coordinate alone, especially if you are still recovering from injuries. An Orlando drunk driving accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine may be able to take over your case for you. We can help you by:
- Figuring out who was at fault for your accident
- Building a case against them
- Evaluating your damages and collecting evidence of their value
- Communicating with all other parties for you
- Filing your insurance claim and lawsuit
- Negotiating for a settlement
- Taking your case to trial
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Devastating injuries from a drunk driving accident can impact you for the rest of your life physically, emotionally, and financially. You should not have to be solely responsible for the costs of your injuries if another party’s negligence caused your accident. By filing a personal injury case against the drunk driver who injured you, you may be able to hold him or her responsible for the losses that they have caused.
Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at (407) 500-4000 today to learn more about your rights in a free case review with a member of our team.