DRUNK-DRIVING AND DUI ACCIDENTS
The Miami, Florida DUI Accident Victim Lawyers at Hannon Legal Group are sensitive to the fact that nothing can prepare the victims of a drunk-driving accident for the emotional and physical turmoil that result from being injured by a drunk or otherwise impaired driver. Being caught in the destructive path of an intoxicated driver can be both terrifying and deadly. Sadly, in 2009, Florida ranked third in the nation for DUI fatality rates for both adult and underage drivers, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In addition, intoxicated drivers in Florida caused 770 drunk driving fatalities state-wide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
With statistics like these, it is incredibly frustrating for victims and their family members to know that Florida drunk driving crashes are preventable. For example, the driver could have asked a friend to drive, taken a taxi or public transportation, spent the night at a hotel or at the home of a friend. Drunk drivers choose to drive drunk and are therefore negligent when they get behind the wheel. Drunk drivers also break the law when they operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.
The injuries resulting from drunk driving accidents can be catastrophic and are often fatal. Hannon Legal Group's Miami, Fl. car accident lawyers have successfully litigated catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida and have the experience necessary to maximize the amount of compensation our clients receive.
Drunk or intoxicated drivers have slower response times, fall asleep more easily while driving and often lose control of their vehicles, weaving between lanes and crossing into oncoming traffic. Too often they drive their vehicle off the roadway and strike pedestrians on adjacent sidewalks or bike paths. Drunk driving accidents also tend to occur at night when visibility is low and involve high speeds, so that victims may not be able to see the drunk driver coming, or have little time to react.
Victims of drunk-driving accidents and their family members may be able to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the drunk driver and sometimes others in order to receive compensation for their injuries. They can recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability or for the emotional and financial loss suffered when an accident results in the death of a family member. In certain situations, punitive damages may also be recovered.
Liability for Negligently Serving Alcohol: Dram Shop Laws
While the intoxicated driver and the vehicle owner in a drunk driving crash are usually the only parties held responsible, in some instances, the establishment that served alcohol to the driver may also be liable. This is possible because of dram shop laws which impose a duty on bars, restaurants and individuals to refrain from serving alcohol to habitual drunkards who are visibly intoxicated or to individuals who are under 21 years of age. If any of these duties have been breached, they may be responsible for the injuries suffered by victims of drunk driving accidents.
If you have been injured or if a family member has been injured or killed in a drunk driving accident, contact the Miami drunk driving accident lawyers at Hannon Legal Group today. Our attorneys have successfully litigated drunk driving lawsuits throughout Florida and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. At Hannon Legal Group, we understand the pain your family is going through and we will vigorously protect your legal rights until you receive the compensation you deserve. To speak directly with one of our Florida personal injury attorneys, call (866) 835-6872.