According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drugs and alcohol are factors behind nearly one-third of all traffic-related fatalities in the United States, and are responsible for tens of thousands of preventable injuries. If you have been injured in a car accident or have suffered the untimely loss of a loved one due to the recklessness of an intoxicated driver, you should get in touch with a Fort Lauderdale DUI accident attorney to talk about your legal options. Our firm stands ready to help you hold the at-fault driver accountable for his or her negligence.
You may be able to seek compensation for the following damages:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
If you have lost a family member in a fatal accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for:
- Pain and suffering of the deceased prior to death
- Medical care prior to death
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of financial support
- Funeral and burial expenses
Pursuing Damages After a Drunk Driving Accident
Drunk drivers who cause accidents resulting in injury or death may face both civil and criminal liability. If you have been injured, you may be able to pursue damages from the drunk driver by filing a personal injury lawsuit. The driver does not have to be convicted of drunk driving in order for you to take legal action; you may file a lawsuit while his or her criminal case is still pending.
However, keep in mind that since Florida is a “no-fault” state, a lawsuit is only an option if your injuries meet the state’s definition of “serious injuries.” In other words, you can only step outside of the no-fault system if your injuries exceed a certain threshold.
The following injuries meet this threshold:
- Significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function
- Significant and permanent scarring or disfigurement
- Permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability
For injuries that do not meet this threshold, you will need to file a claim through your own personal injury protection (PIP) coverage to get your medical bills paid. Because every case is different, speak with a Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer at our firm about your options. No matter which avenue is pursued, you can trust in our team to fight for the highest amount of compensation you are eligible to collect under the law.
Call Our Experienced Florida DUI Accident Attorney
Our dependable and experienced attorneys will fight to protect the rights of injured people. The lawyers at Kelley/Uustal have earned respect and confidence among our community, clients and colleagues alike. Our firm has successfully obtained hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients and is known for providing compassionate and zealous representation. If a drunk driving accident has changed your life, call our aggressive For Lauderdale personal injury attorneys for legal guidance and a free case evaluation. We proudly serve clients in Fort Lauderdale and throughout South Florida.