If you, or a family member, have suffered an injury in a DUI accident, we want to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
According to NHTSA estimates, 7% of all traffic accidents involve alcohol use, and 2.25% of all vehicular crashes involve intoxicated drivers. There are more than 54K DUI arrests per year in Florida alone, with as much as 40% of the people stopped by the police refusing to undergo a chemical test.
A driver is considered to be under the influence when the BAC either equates to or exceeds 0.08%. The rules are stricter for underage drivers, qualifying their driving as alcohol-impaired at a BAC of 0.02%. In Miami-Dade, in the past years, DUI arrests have been down a staggering 65%. Miami’s numbers have also declined a lot, the number of people arrested on DUI charges seeing a 31% decrease.
If you've been involved in a car accident and believe it was caused by a drunk driver, there are a number of factors that must be carefully considered. You must make sure the circumstances are correctly evaluated in rapport with the others involved, from other drivers to insurance companies to authorities present at the crash site.
Most of the time, DUI accidents occur because the person who was driving under the influence:
Due to their impairment, drunk drivers often miss the “one-way” signs or turn in highway exits swerving into opposite traffic, endangering everybody in their vicinity. However, devastating accidents can happen as well because the drunk driver misjudges the position of unmoving objects such as trees, ditches, power lines, or surrounding buildings.
If you have been seriously injured in a car accident in Miami or elsewhere in the State of Florida, you should contact us as soon as possible, so we can justly assess the damages you have suffered and help you get proper compensation for your losses from any negligent party.
Although a drunk driving crash can cause many types of injuries, they are mainly known for causing catastrophic damage. Since a drunk person has a reduced reaction speed and may have been so impaired they did not even try to brake before the collision, the injuries from such a crash can be severe:
It is crucial to establish who is at fault or the degree of fault of all the parties involved in the accident right away so that the appropriate course of action can be taken.
The first step in a DUI case is to demonstrate that the other driver was actually under the influence. In order to do that, the following would have to be considered:
You should not hurry to settle your case with the insurance company before you have hired a specialized DUI lawyer who knows how to gather all pertinent evidence just in time before it becomes compromised, disposed of, or lost.
In the State of Florida, it is also possible for DUI victims to invoke the Dram Shop Law. If they provide alcohol to someone who appears intoxicated restaurants, bars, and other property owners may be held liable. Personal injury attorneys representing injured individuals will have to prove that:
Proving these may be challenging, but a highly skilled attorney conducting a thorough investigation of the accident can prove them. In general, most DUI victims will sue the driver.
After a drunk driving accident, the victims or their families can claim several types of damages in a personal injury lawsuit. The main ones would include:
To have a full understanding of what types of compensation you would be entitled to, an attorney can review your claim and consider all the circumstances and pieces of evidence. Sean M. Cleary, Miami-based DUI accident lawyer, will expertly put together your case and fight to obtain for you the compensation you deserve.
A drunk driving accident could be followed by a hard-to-grasp, destructive impact on those involved in the incident.
As a consequence, our firm’s professional view is highly disapproving of individuals choosing to drive their vehicles on public roads while under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
We advise you to contact our law office in the shortest amount of time possible when dealing with a car accident, and certainly before you decide to sign any agreement with insurance companies.
The insurance company is a business, its main objective being, therefore, to make a profit off of its client, and not that of ensuring you get the monetary benefits you would deserve. Its intention might be to have you sign a poorly informed agreement before you are in full knowledge of your rights. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a DUI accident, we can be of service in helping you receive the appropriate compensation for your particular case.