Operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol is not only dangerous but also against the law. Victims in search of legal guidance after an accident can rely on the Hollander Law Firm to help them navigate the process of pursuing compensation from the responsible party. Knowledgeable car accident attorney Gregg Hollander brings over two decades of experience to his representation of injured individuals throughout South Florida and nationwide.
As a Boca Raton drunk driving accident lawyer, he maintains a team of seasoned professionals, including nurses and medical experts, who work together to assert the rights of our clients to the fullest possible extent. Our firm also operates offices in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, and Naples, where we can meet with clients who live in those cities and the surrounding communities.
Pursuing Compensation from a Drunk Driver
Drunk drivers typically demonstrate reckless or distracted behaviors, such as speeding and weaving between lanes. If a drunk driver causes a car accident, the victim or their family may pursue a personal injury lawsuit against that driver. Holding a defendant liable under a negligence theory usually requires showing that the driver did not behave as a reasonable person would have behaved under similar circumstances.
The victim must show that the other driver violated the duty of care that they were required to meet. This breach must have caused the car accident in which the victim was hurt, and damages must have resulted.
All drivers owe others on the road a duty to operate their vehicles reasonably and to abide by any traffic rules and other laws that may apply. This duty of care clearly extends to driving sober, rather than operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. A victim of a drunk driving accident may demonstrate a breach of the duty of care by presenting evidence that the defendant was intoxicated.
In a car crash lawsuit, it is important for the plaintiff to show that the defendant’s breach of the duty of care directly caused his or her injuries. Often, victims prove causation by showing that “but for” the defendant’s drunk driving, the accident and resulting injuries likely would not have occurred. Drunk driving accident attorney Gregg Hollander helps Boca Raton residents and other victims with this process.
Plaintiffs who prevail in a negligence lawsuit may be able to recover damages for both economic and non-economic costs and losses. Examples of economic compensation often include hospital and medical bills, lost wages from missed work, and property damage to a vehicle.Pain and suffering or loss of consortium may be recoverable non-economic damages.
In some situations, the defendant may argue that the plaintiff was also at fault for causing an accident. According to the doctrine of comparative fault, a plaintiff who is deemed partially responsible still may be able to recover damages in an amount that is proportional to the defendant’s negligence. Florida follows a rule of pure comparative negligence. This means that you can still recover damages even if you were 50 percent or more at fault, unlike in some states. However, it is rare for a drunk driver to not be the driver primarily at fault for a crash.
Consult a Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer in Boca Raton
Motor vehicle collision victims can pursue compensation for their damages in a personal injury lawsuit. Boca Raton drunk driving accident attorney Gregg Hollander is available to help you understand your legal options. With his main office in Boca Raton, he can represent injured individuals in many areas of South Florida, including Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Pembroke Pines, Coral Springs, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Wellington, Hollywood, Miramar, Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, and Coconut Creek, in addition to other cities in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Contact our office for a free, confidential consultation with injury attorney Gregg Hollander by using our online form or calling (561) 347-7770. We also can meet with you at offices in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, or Naples at your convenience.