Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk driving accidents continue to be a serious problem throughout the US, but state statistics on the dangers really put things into perspective. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ publication on Crash Facts, there are around 55 alcohol-confirmed collisions every year in St. Lucie County. These incidents tend to be far more serious than other motor vehicle crashes, as 62 percent of drunk driving accidents lead to at least one fatality or injured victim.
While your right to compensation may seem clear-cut if you were hurt in a drunk driving accident, there are complex rules and legal concepts that affect your claim. Instead of trying to go it alone, count on our attorneys at Sholtes Law, PLLC to assist with the process. We can explain the specifics after reviewing your situation, so please contact our office to schedule a free consultation with a drunk driving accident lawyer. An overview may also be informative.
How Drunk Driving Affects Auto Accident Claims
Car crashes are usually the result of negligence, which has a very specific meaning in the practice of law. To recover compensation, you need to prove that the other motorist breached the duty to drive with reasonable care. You must also show that this breach was the direct cause of the accident in which you were injured.
Drunk driving enters the picture with the breach of duty. While it’s against the law to operate a vehicle while impaired by alcohol, it’s also a failure to comply with the legal obligation to drive safely. Your first step in obtaining monetary damages is usually filing a claim with the other motorist’s insurance company. In situations where the insurer won’t agree to a fair amount to settle your claim, you’ll need to initiate litigation.
Compensation for Victims of Alcohol-Involved Crashes
The amount you can recover in a drunk driving accident is based upon how you’ve been damaged by the incident. Our attorneys at Sholtes Law, PLLC will diligently work to get your full amount of compensation under Florida law, which fall into three categories:
- Economic Damages: These are your ascertainable, sometimes out-of-pocket costs stemming from your injuries. They include medical expenses and lost wages.
- Non-Economic Damages: Some losses aren’t quantifiable in dollar value, but you definitely endure hardship. This category encompasses what people commonly refer to as “pain and suffering.”
- Punitive Damages: In some cases, the other driver may be liable for punitive damages. The underlying concept is to punish extremely outrageous misconduct, such as drunk driving.
Get Legal Help from a St. Lucie Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
This overview of your rights and remedies in a drunk driving crash may be helpful, but it’s no substitute for experienced, knowledgeable legal representation. Allow our attorneys at Sholtes Law, PLLC to handle dealings with the insurance company and the litigation process, so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. To hear how we assist clients throughout St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, and Martin Counties, please call 855-534-2509 or go online to set up your complimentary consultation with an experienced attorney.