Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers South Florida
Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys Aggressively Represent Injured Clients in Broward County, Palm Beach County, and Throughout South Florida
Sustaining injuries in a car accident caused by a drunk driver can be extremely frustrating, especially if you know that the accident was completely preventable and was not your fault. By definition, driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a violation of the driver’s duty to exercise reasonable care to ensure the safety of other drivers on the road. Because of this, and because of the extreme dangers that drunk drivers pose to others on the road, Florida has enacted harsh penalties designed to punish intoxicated motorists. Sadly, the penalties often do not adequately address the rights of injured parties to obtain compensation for injuries sustained as a result of the drunk driver’s actions.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries in an accident with a drunk motorist, an experienced drunk driving accident lawyer can fight on your behalf to obtain appropriate compensation. Our personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. have been successfully fighting for over a decade to recover rightful compensation for clients who were injured in DUI accidents. Moreover, our drunk driving accident attorneys understand the immigrant experience, and we know how difficult it can be to navigate the legal system when you or a family member does not speak perfect English. We offer a fully bilingual office that will get to work to protect your rights today.
Drunk Driving as Negligence
Under Florida Statute 316.193, if an individual is seriously injured in a drunk driving accident, the drunk driver can be punished by up to five (5) years in prison. If the DUI accident victim was killed, he or she may be punished by up to 15 years in prison. The victim, or his or her family, may also pursue a legal claim for compensation based on a negligence theory. Our experienced attorneys can fight to recover damages from:
- The drunk driver.
- The owner of the vehicle driven by the drunk driver.
- The drunk driver’s insurance company.
In Florida, punitive damages may also be available in order to punish the drunk driver for his or her actions.
Why Choose Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. to Protect Your Right to Compensation After a Drunk Driving Accident?
Florida is a no-fault state, which means that each driver in a motor vehicle accident turns to his or her own insurance company, regardless of whether the accident was one driver’s fault alone. However, if the innocent party’s insurance policy is insufficient to cover current and anticipated medical expenses and property damage, legal action can be taken against the drunk driver. At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we carefully evaluate the circumstances surrounding our clients’ cases in order to fight for proper compensation for potential future expenses that can occur as a result of severe injuries sustained in a South Florida DWI accident.
We understand that the most important issue following a drunk driving accident is for our clients to recover both physically and emotionally. Our attorneys will put in the work necessary to preserve your rights to compensation throughout this difficult period. We are members of your community as well, and we understand the importance of protecting local residents from the dangers of drunk drivers, both from a preventative standpoint and a punitive standpoint.
Contact an Aggressive and Trustworthy Personal Injury Attorney to Discuss Your Drunk Driving Accident Case Today
Even if the drunk driver’s actions clearly caused the accident in which you were involved, it is still important to consult an experienced drunk driving accident lawyer to protect your right to receive compensation for your injuries. We offer a free initial consultation to all of our clients, so you have nothing to lose in determining whether you may have the right to recover compensation. Contact us to schedule an appointment with a bilingual DWI accident attorney today. We handle car accident lawsuits throughout South Florida including but not limited to:
- Pompano Beach Car Accident Lawyer
- West Palm Beach Car Accident Lawyer
- Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Lawyer
- Lake Worth Car Accident Lawyer
- Boynton Beach Car Accident Lawyer
- Boca Raton Car Accident Lawyer
- Delray Beach Car Accident Lawyer
- Wellington Car Accident Lawyer
- Jupiter Car Accident Lawyer
- Hollywood Car Accident Lawyer
- Pembroke Pines Car Accident Lawyer
- Miramar Car Accident Lawyer
- Coral Springs Car Accident Lawyer
- Sunrise Car Accident Lawyer
- Plantation Car Accident Lawyer
FAQ: Can the bar or restaurant that served the alcohol be held responsible for damages in a South Florida drunk driving accident?
Only in very rare cases. Florida’s dram shop laws provide the legal basis for holding a bar or restaurant responsible for injuries sustained in a drunk driving accident, but these laws are very limited. In order to recover damages from the establishment, it must be proven that the establishment sold alcohol to a minor, or to a person who was known to be “habitually addicted” to alcohol and that the person caused the drunk driving accident.
FAQ: The police officer on the scene said that the drunk driving accident was the other driver’s fault. Why do I need a lawyer?
It is the duty of the police officer on the scene to establish the cause of the accident, but he or she is not involved in determining the amount of compensation to which you are entitled. If your injuries are severe, your insurance policy may be insufficient to cover the related expenses. An experienced drunk driving accident attorney can advocate on your behalf to ensure that you are properly compensated.