Drunk Driving Accidents
Long after a drunk driving accident, victims and their families continue to feel the impact—not only the pain and suffering caused by injuries, or the grief of losing a loved one, but also the anger of having one’s life upended due to another person’s bad decision. Of course, there are also financial ramifications, such as medical bills and lost income. At Sholtes Law, PLLC, our drunk driving accident lawyers represent victims of drunk driving accidents in Saint Lucie County and Martin County, providing a shoulder to lean on and strong legal representation to vindicate injury victims in every possible way.
How Can I Get Compensation for Drunk Driving Accident Injuries?
If you were hurt in a drunk driving car accident, you may have several options for obtaining fair compensation for your injuries and damages. First, you can file a claim with your own insurance company for personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, which may help pay for some medical expenses. However, PIP benefits are unlikely to cover the full amount of your losses if you were seriously injured in the accident. For serious injuries, such as disfigurement, broken bones, or disability, you may pursue compensation from the intoxicated driver via a third-party car insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. With a personal injury claim arising from a drunk driving accident, you can seek damages for non-economic losses, like pain and suffering, which you cannot do with a PIP claim. A court may also award punitive damages to further hold the drunk driver accountable for the poor decision to drink and drive.
What Is the Florida Victim Compensation Program for Drunk Driving Accidents?
The Florida government manages a Victim Compensation Program that helps victims of crimes pay for expenses related to the crime. Drunk driving is a crime under Florida law, and, thus, victims of drunk driving accidents may be entitled to additional compensation through the Victim Compensation Program. However, there are many specific requirements you must meet to qualify for the program. An experienced Florida injury lawyer and victim advocate can help you apply for appropriate victim compensation.
How Can a Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Help Me?
Often, with drunk driving accidents, insurance companies try to settle more quickly than in other car accident cases because they want to limit their liability. For this reason, it’s important to talk to an injury attorney with experience handling drunk driving accident claims so you know the real value of your case and don’t settle for less than you deserve. In the Fort Pierce area, please contact Sholtes Law, PLLC for a free initial consultation. We know the ins and outs of Florida car accident claims, as well as Florida drunk driving laws, and we’ll do everything we can to make sure you receive maximum compensation for the harms you have suffered.