Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale
Even in today’s age with ridesharing apps such as Uber and Lyft, people still make the conscious decision to drink and drive causing accidents that in result in serious injury and death. Unfortunately, across the country and here in Florida, drunk drivers take the lives of innocent drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists every day. In 2015, there were over 15,000 drunk driving accidents in Florida – resulting in 640 drunk driving deaths. If you or your loved one have been injured or killed as a result of drunk driver, contact Florida drunk driving accident attorney Devon Workman as soon as possible to discuss your legal rights.
Holding a Drunk Driver Liable
Drunk driving or driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) is defined as driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher. A driver found to be driving under the influence of alcohol will likely face criminal charges. Additionally, if you have been injured as a result of a drunk driver, you can also bring a civil cause of action against the driver for your injuries.
A civil drunk driving accident claim will be centered around the legal theory of negligence. For an injured plaintiff to prevail in a negligence claim, they must prove the following elements: duty, breach, causation, and damages. Duty means that the drunk driver owed the injured a duty of care. All drivers on Florida roads owe all other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians a duty to act like a reasonably prudent driver. When a person drinks and drives, they automatically breach this duty of care because it is obviously against the law to drink and drive. Therefore, the drunk driving accident victim will have to show that the driver was in fact intoxicated to prevail in their personal injury case. Additionally, you can also pursue punitive damage claim against the drunk driver which means the jury will be allowed to award damages to punish the drunk driver for his actions.
Here at Workman Injury Law, our Florida drunk driving accident law firm will help maximize your recovery by diligently analyzing and building up every aspect of your claim to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Recovering Compensation After Your Drunk Driving Accident
If you have been injured in an accident by a DUI driver, we understand that money cannot replace your pain and suffering or loss of a loved one – but it can be a step in the right direction. Our goal at Workman Injruy Law is to ensure you get fully compensated for your loss and make your recovery process go as smoothly as possible. We will personally assist you in your accident claim and aggressively pursue just compensation for the following:
- Hospital & Medical Expenses
- Future Medical Costs
- Lost Wages/Future Earnings
- Pain and Suffering
- Vehicle and/or Property Damage
Additionally, we will also pursue punitive damages from the drunk driver under Florida law. These damages are awarded to punish and deter the drunk driver for their actions. In Florida, punitive damages can be awarded if the injured victim is able to show that the the driver who hit you was in fact intoxicated over Florida’s legal limit. Thus, it is extremely important to contact a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer who has pursued punitive damages and understands the process of pursing such claims.
Devon Workman has litigated numerous cases against drunk drivers and understands how to get you maximum compensation against drunk drivers in Florida. Call today for a free case review!