Accidents involving drunk or drug-impaired drivers are far more common than we would like to think. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2016 nearly 29 people were killed in a an alcohol-impaired vehicle collision every day. While the NHTSA reports that deaths attributable to drunk driving have dropped in recent decades, drunk driving accidents still claim more than 10,000 lives per year in the United States. Moreover, beyond alcohol, the NHTSA estimates that drugs are involved in about 16 percent of motor vehicle accidents.
Like any other state, drivers and passengers traveling on Florida roadways are at risk for being injured a car crash involving a drunk or drug-impaired driver. According to traffic crash statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) 5,223 alcohol confirmed crashes took place in the state in 2016 with an additional 617 crashes being reported as drug confirmed crashes. Many of these crashes occurred on roads and highways in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and other South Florida cities. In fact, the DHSMV reports that in Broward County alone, there were 238 alcohol confirmed crashes in 2016 and 13 drug confirmed crashes.
What You Need to Know About Drunk Driving Accidents
Unfortunately, accidents involving drunken drivers can be incredibly serious, if not deadly. When a driver gets behind the wheel of a car after drinking alcohol, lives can be destroyed in an instant. While we would like to think that people who decide to drink will act responsibly by calling a cab or getting a ride from a designated driver, the reality is that far too often people take the risk of driving when they have no business being on the road.
Most alcohol-related vehicle crashes involve drivers whose blood alcohol content (BAC) is greater than the legal limit. In Florida, non-commercial drivers are considered to be driving under the influence when they are driving with a BAC that is 0.08 or more. Drivers of commercial vehicles are considered to be driving under the influence when their BAC registers 0.04 percent or higher. It is important to undertand that in addition to facing criminal charges, a drunk driver can be sued in civil court when a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. This means that if you or someone you care about has been hurt in a DUI accident, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver. Because these cases can be complicated it is always best to seek assistance from a Boca Raton car accident lawyer experienced in handling drunk driving accident cases.
What You Need to Know About Drug-Impairment Driving Accidents
Individuals driving under the influence of drugs can cause very serious accidents. While many people associate drug-impaired driving with recreational marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other illegal drugs, it is important to understand that legally prescribed medications can also impair a driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Painkillers such as OxyContin or Vicodin or anti-anxiety drugs including Xanax or Valium can severely alter a person’s judgement and delay reaction times. Drivers who are impaired while driving on South Florida roads, even if the drug they are taking is legally prescribed, can be convicted of a DUI. Moreover, if an impaired driver injures the occupants of another vehicle or a pedestrian or bicyclist, the driver can be held civilly liable to compensate victims for their damages.
Victims Injured by Intoxicated and Drug-Impaired Drivers Deserve Fair Compensation for their Injuries and Losses
If you or someone you care about has been hurt in a drunk driving or drug-impairment crash, it is important to discuss your situation with an experienced car accident attorney at our Boca Raton firm. The victims of these crashes tend to suffer severe and painful injuries that can require costly and ongoing medical care. In many cases, accident victims are off the job for an extended period of time and, in some situations, they may never be able to return the workplace. Because the losses and damages associated with a drunk driving or drug-impairment vehicle accident can be so severe, you need to have a qualified attorney on your side who will fight to you get the maximum compensation you deserve.
Hollander Law Firm is committed to helping individuals who have been injured by the reckless and irresponsible people who choose to mix drugs and/or alcohol with driving. We understand that these types of crashes can destroy the lives of innocent victims in an instant. Whether your accident was caused by a vacationer who had too much to drink before getting on I-95 or a substance impaired driver traveling on a local road to work, our firm will do everything we can to make sure you are compensated for your losses and damages.
When you contact our Boca Raton based law firm a seasoned motor vehicle accident lawyer will personally review your case and discuss all legal options that may be available to you. We know that even in DUI and drug-impairment cases, insurance companies may try to get you to accept a settlement that does not fully compensate you for your injuries. This is why it is critical to seek out professional legal counsel before you agree to any settlements offered by an insurance company. Our firm’s founder, Gregg Hollander, has been helping car accident victims for over 25 years and knows how to negotiate a fair settlement with these powerful companies. If necessary, he is also prepared to take your case to trial to ensure that you get the full compensation you deserve.
A Boca Raton Car Accident Lawyer at Hollander Law Firm Can Help
If you or someone one care about has been injured or killed by a drunk or drug-impaired driver it is important to seek out qualified legal counsel as soon you are able to do so. Hollander Law Firm knows just how life-altering these accidents can be and will fight to make sure you obtain the financial compensation you need to fully cover the cost of your medical care, time off from work, property damages and other losses and expenses. Contact us today by phoning (561) 347-7770 to schedule a consultation in our Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach Offices. Our consultations are always free of charge and we handle all drunk driving and drug-impaired accident cases on a contingency fee basis which means that you will never be required to pay us any legal fees unless we secure compensation for you.