Sadly, drunk driving accidents seriously injure and claim the lives of thousands of people every year. In fact, nearly 30% of Americans will be involved in some form of an alcohol-related crash in their lives.
Florida recognizes the seriousness of drunk driving by making it a crime to be legally intoxicated (defined as having a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher) behind the wheel.
Although it is illegal to drive drunk and despite society’s awareness of the dangers of drunk driving, including that it impairs our judgment and reaction time, people still drive while drunk. That makes getting behind the wheel when drunk, much like texting while driving, especially dangerous and the consequences too often deadly.
Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle when drunk and then causing a crash is certainly negligent or careless behavior. Under such circumstances, a drunk driving victim is entitled to recover his compensatory damages and recover for his past and future medical care and expenses, lost wages, and non-economic damages for such things as pain and suffering.
Drunk Driving & Punitive Damages
Because drunk driving is illegal and because choosing to drive while under the influence puts the drunk driver and others at risk of serious injury or death, it is also potentially reckless. In circumstances of gross negligence or recklessness, it may also be possible to seek punitive damages. Punitive damages are designed to punish the drunk driver as well as deter others from drunk driving.
Advocates for the Victims of Drunk Drivers
After a drunk driving accident, it is key to gather as much evidence from the scene of the accident as possible. Establishing who was at fault and that alcohol played a part in the accident are essential to building a strong drunk driving case.
It is vital to seek representation from a skilled Florida personal injury attorney.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident, let the experienced drunk driving accident attorneys at Luhrsen Goldberg help you seek the justice and compensation you deserve for the injuries and damages you suffered.