Drunk Driver Accidents
Alcohol has a definite influence on a person's ability to drive a vehicle. The number of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in Florida for 2010 was 660, and 69 of these fatalities were underage drivers. Multiple studies have proven time and time again that alcohol adversely affects drivers by diminishing the vital driving abilities such as:
- Judgment of a vehicle's position on the road
- Hand-eye coordination
A driver who is under the influence of alcohol will also have slowed reaction time and an inability to make rational decisions behind the wheel. A driver who has a breath or blood alcohol level over .08% is guilty of DUI. Some are under the influence of chemical substances or controlled substances. A DUI conviction can be as simple as a misdemeanor for a first time offender up to a serious felony for a repeat offender and be punishable by fines and prison time. Businesses or individuals who serve alcohol to someone who then causes an accident may also be liable for their actions. While it may be a comfort to know that the criminal justice system will ensure that a drunk driver faces consequences for their irresponsible action, when a drunk driver impacts your life and well-being you may be left with physical, emotional and financial damage that can impact the rest of your life.
Pursing a Settlement in DUI Cases
A drunk driver's impaired reactions and flawed judgment often result in no attempt to brake or avoid a collision and as a consequence an accident caused by a drunk driver often involves more serious injuries and damages than with an unimpaired driver. You may have suffered minor injuries to catastrophic injuries or even lost a loved one as a result of a drunk driving accident. The emotional stress can be overwhelming, and made even worse by the financial strain of medical bills and lost income. We know investigative and legal procedures and may be able to help you build your case so that you can seek the maximum possible compensation for your personal injury claim.