DUI accidents claim thousands of lives each year and cause many more injuries. However, drunk driving accidents are preventable. They are almost always caused by another person’s negligent decision to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs illegally.
Our legal team has over 28 years of experience handling personal injury cases.
The Boca Raton DUI accident lawyers of the Hollander Law Firm use their decades of experience to recover compensation for DUI accident victims. If you were injured by a drunk driver in Boca Raton, Florida, we want to help. Contact our Boca Raton law firm or call us at (561) 347-7770 to schedule a free consultation with a Boca Raton personal injury lawyer to discuss your case.
How Our Boca Raton Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help if You’ve Been Injured a DUI Accident
DUI accident cases can be complicated. However, through almost three decades of experience, our Boca Raton personal injury attorney has developed the skills, resources, and knowledge necessary to handle these complex cases.
We understand that you and your family have been through a traumatic event. At the Hollander Law Firm, we believe you deserve personal service from an experienced, compassionate DUI accident lawyer in Boca Raton, FL. For that reason, our founding attorney Gregg Hollander will personally handle your intake process.
You will meet with an experienced Boca Raton personal injury lawyer who understands how to win cases. Our multi-million dollar results are an example of our success. Let us work to recover the maximum compensation available in your case.
When you hire our legal team, you can expect us to:
- Provide a detailed analysis of your case and your options for recovering compensation
- Conduct a thorough DUI accident investigation to gather evidence
- Identify all parties who are responsible for your accident injuries and damages
- Calculate the maximum value of your claim and fight for that amount
- File all insurance claims and personal injury lawsuits necessary to protect your best interests
- Provide guidance and support throughout your case
Call our law firm now to schedule your free consultation with an experienced Boca Raton drunk driving accident attorney. Your first visit is free of charge, and you are under no obligation to hire a lawyer after receiving our advice.
How Common Are DUI Accidents?
Each day in the United States, approximately 29 people die in traffic accidents that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. In 2019, there were 4,984 alcohol-related traffic accidents statewide. Of those accidents, 378 people died, and over 3,000 people were injured.
In Broward County and Palm Beach County in 2019, there were 442 impaired driving crashes. Nineteen people died, and hundreds of people were injured because of drunk drivers.
Overview of DUI Accidents
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal in Florida. A drunk driver who causes an accident can be charged with a crime. However, the driver may also be financially liable for injuries and damages caused by the DUI accident when victims file personal injury claims.
What Are Common Causes of a DUI Accident?
DUI accidents are often the result of a driver’s inability to operate a motor vehicle safely while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drinking just two alcoholic beverages can impair a driver’s ability to perform two tasks simultaneously and causes a loss of judgment.
After drinking three alcoholic drinks, a driver’s coordination and ability to track moving objects decreases. The driver may have difficulty steering. Drinking four alcoholic drinks causes a driver to have trouble controlling speed and processing information or reasoning.
Therefore, many drunk driving accidents are caused because the intoxicated driver’s mental and physical abilities are impaired. The driver may be unable to judge how fast the vehicle is traveling or judge the distance between his car and the traffic stopped at a red light.
Common Types of Injuries Caused by a DUI Accident
Injuries caused by DUI accidents can be traumatic and life-threatening.
Drunk driving accidents can result in injuries, including:
- Fractures and broken bones
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Paralysis and amputations
- Damage to internal organs
- Nerve damage and soft tissue injuries
In many cases, a DUI accident victim suffers lifelong impairments and disabilities because of the injuries. Sadly, many families lose a loved one because of a drunk driver’s actions.
Who is Liable for a DUI Accident?
A drunk driver could be liable for a victim’s damages caused by a DUI accident.
The driver may be liable for the victim’s:
- Medical bills
- Loss of income and benefits
- Physical pain and suffering
- Decreases in earning potential
- Permanent impairments and disabilities
- Mental trauma and emotional suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Decreases in quality of life and enjoyment of life
However, there could be other parties liable for a DUI accident. A bar, restaurant, or other establishment or person who sells or furnishes alcohol to a minor or a known “habitually addicted” person could be liable for damages caused by a DUI accident. Unlike other dram shop laws in the country, Florida’s dram shop law does not hold the establishment liable for serving someone who is already visibly intoxicated.
Also, social hosts are not held liable for damages caused by a drunk driving accident after serving alcohol to guests, even if they are aware that a guest is a “habitually addicted” person. A social host can be held criminally liable for serving alcohol to minors.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Boca Raton DUI Accident Lawyers
It is crucial to identify all parties who might be liable for a DUI accident. The fact that a driver was drunk may not be sufficient proof that the driver caused the accident. Our Boca Raton DUI accident lawyers thoroughly investigate the crash to gather evidence proving that you were not at fault for the cause of the crash.
Florida’s statute of limitations gives DUI accident victims only two years from the date of their accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. Therefore, it’s important to take action quickly after your DUI accident. Contact our law offices to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with a DUI accident lawyer in Boca Raton.