Every year, drunk drivers put nearly 112 million people at risk because of poor decisions and dangerous habits. Alcohol is a substance that reduces the function of the brain, impairing thinking, reasoning, and muscle coordination. All these abilities are essential to operating a vehicle safely.
Intoxicated drivers will often take dangerous risks, speed, or fall asleep at the wheel, leading to extremely severe accidents that ruin lives and futures.
Despite repeated warnings and higher consequences, drunk driving is still more prevalent than it should be. Every day, drunk drivers are out on the road putting themselves and the people around them at risk. In fact, alcohol-related deaths make up nearly 1/3 of all traffic fatalities in the United States.
Whether you are walking on the sidewalk, cycling along the street, or driving in your car, a collision with a drunk driver can lead to an accident that changes your life forever. In order to recover damages in a car accident case, the injured person usually must show that the defendant was negligent. Typically, this requires that the injured person proves by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant owed a legal duty to the victim, that the defendant breached the duty, that the victim suffered damages, and that the defendant’s breach of duty was a direct and foreseeable cause of the victim’s damages. In a drunk driving case, an injured person may be able to use the defendant’s DUI conviction in proving that the defendant violated a duty owed to the victim. This would satisfy the elements of duty and breach, leaving only the elements of causation and damages.
DUI car accidents are considered criminal, like driving when drunk is illegal under federal law. When a drunk driver causes an accident which affects you, you can take the case to court to receive the compensation that you deserve for economic and non-economical damages, and you may also seek punitive damages according to Florida law. Punitive damages are a special variety of damages that can apply in cases where there is evidence that the person responsible for the accident was somehow impaired by drugs or alcohol. The potential for an award of punitive damages is important because it dramatically increases the exposure of the drunk driver and potentially increases the compensation the injured person may be entitled to.
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of an accident with a drunk driver you may be entitled to compensation.
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